City of Prichard forces nightclub to shut down

PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – City officials announced Friday, August 15 that they have issued a cease and desist order against Club Suga’s, a nightclub on the 4000 block of St. Stephen’s Rd. Officials hope that order will shut the club down until the club’s owner can effectively prove to the city council that the club will operate within all legal bounds and licenses.

The club was recently raided by multiple law enforcement agencies, where 15 people were arrested for various charges of drug and other criminal activity.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies later arrested one of the club’s managers, Tommie Holmes, 39, of Creola, Ala., on Friday, August 15, for crimes related to the night of the raid.

MCSO tells FOX10 that Holmes allowed a 17-year-old to be inside the club while exotic dancing and adult entertainment was taking place. Holmes is charged with distribution of pornography to a minor, reckless endangerment, producing obscene material, and possession of marijuana.

The club’s owner, Nathaniel Bracy, has not been arrested. The City of Prichard issued Bracy the cease and desist order.

Prichard City Officials tell FOX10 that Club Suga’s has acted as a “safe haven” for criminal activity for too long. They are hoping that by shutting the club down, it will aid in making Prichard a safer place for its residents.

“We don’t believe for a moment that the fight is over,” said Prichard Police Chief Michael Rowland. “We think that we might have to continue with some more legal issues not only against this club, but other locations that we’ve cited, that we’re about to cite in the City of Prichard.”

Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam said Bracy also owned and operated another adult nightclub in Prichard in 2013 that was shut down by the city for illegal activity.

“(Bracy) took his operation (at the Toy Box), and moved the negligent activities associated with it, from this particular location in our downtown, to Suga’s nightclub which prior to had been operated by a different owner/manager,” said Ephriam.

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