30 taken into custody at Yes We Can Social Club

9:51 PM, Aug 15, 2011   |    comments
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Bel-Ridge, Mo (KSDK) -- St. Louis County police will release more information this afternoon about 30 people were taken into custody from a home in Bel-Ridge last week.

They were taken into custody shortly before midnight on August 11. 

Police said they went to a home in the 8800 block of Snowhill Court to execute a search warrant for prostitution, drugs and alcohol.

According to the Missouri Secretary of State's website, the non-profit, Yes We Can Social Club, is run out of that home.

Tucked away behind a ring of trees, neighbors say the home had fallen in to disrepair. But this summer, new owners fixed it up and cleared brush around the property. But they say, it was still a nuisance.

Neighbors declined to go on camera because of concern for their safety, but said dozens of late night visitors had caught their attention.

They said on weekends, more than 40 cars could be parked at one time on the property, with the noise of people leaving the house waking them around 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.

St. Louis County Police wouldn't give specifics on the arrests at the house, except to say that a 15-year-old girl was there at the time of the raid.

"Therefore, we are also going to be seeking charges against the homeowners for endangering the welfare of a child, just for her mere presence of being there while these other activities were going on," said Officer Rick Eckhard of the St. Louis County Police Department.

Police have not yet presented their case to prosecutors for possible charges to be filed.


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