Owner of Seattle's Foundation Nightclub arrested on conspiracy charges
The owner of Foundation Nightclub was arrested on conspiracy charges that stemmed from an undercover operation at the club last year.
An investigation that started in March 2018 - after police received reports of drug dealing in the club and sexual assaults involving the date-rape drug GHB - found that the owner of the club was supplying drugs to dealers in the club, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.
Sixteen people were arrested in connection with drugs, weapons and conspiracy charges, as of Friday. The club closed in August following the undercover operation, police said.
During the operation, police said they were able to buy drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and GHB from in-house dealers who were allowed to bypass security. All drugs were purchased from employees or drug dealers introduced to undercover police by employees.
Officers with the Seattle Police Department seized 829 grams of cocaine, over 1,000 grams of MDMA, 400 ecstasy pills, 800 Xanax pills, 190 grams of ketamine, 13 grams of DMT, 176 grams of GHB, 1200 Molly capsules, and additional prescription drugs, as well as two handguns and more than $60,000 in cash, after the undercover operation at Foundation Nightclub.
Police said that "one dealer even bragged about knowing the owner, and later explained to an undercover officer how much GHB to use to dose women, depending on their weight."
The owner would be booked into King County Jail Friday.