The Las Vegas Bar and Grill at 745 N. White Station was closed and padlocked after police documented months of cocaine trafficking, prostitution, shootings and assaults.
This week General Sessions/Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter extended the temporary closure for six months after owners were unable to present evidence that they would take steps to eliminate criminal activity at the club if allowed to reopen.
The judge said the club is a public nuisance and “a danger to this community.”
He said the issue of reopening versus permanent closure can be revisited after six months.
Between June 2015 and December 2016 the Las Vegas Bar and Grill at 754 N. White Station was the scene of 31 police calls that also included a robbery-kidnapping and three aggravated assaults involving firearms.
Investigators also said the club used teenage girls as prostitutes, including one who was 14.
The location previously operated as La Stempeda which was closed in 2011 as a nuisance for cocaine sales and other illegal activity. The club is .7 of a mile from New Church, .8 mile from Northeast Preparatory Academy, 1.1 mile from New Hope Church, 1.2 miles from White Station Middle School and 1.5 miles from Richland Elementary.
The petition for a temporary injunction was filed by Gen. Weirich and by Bruce McMullen, chief legal officer/city attorney for the City of Memphis. Named as Las Vegas club representatives were Osman Ruby Zelaya and Lester Munguia Zelaya.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Asst. City Prosecutors William L. Gibbons Jr. and Kenya Hooks.