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6 arrested for running illegal nightclub in N.J. city, police say

 Six people were recently arrested for running an illegal nightclub at nondescript commercial building in Trenton, police said.

Nyvonne Fahnbulleh, 38, of West Windsor; Richardo Wedderburn, 46, of Levittown, Pennsylvania; Mechann Pennoh, 45, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania; Lisha Phillips, 51, of Hamilton; and, Keyonna Chambliss, 37, of Trenton, were charged with selling alcohol without a license, and Steve Dasman Jr., 22, of Trenton, was charged with working security without a license, Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley announced Friday.

“Illegal nightclubs like this one disadvantage our many legitimate businesses that are trying to make an honest living while keeping their patrons safe from COVID-19,” Coley said in a statement. “With Trenton cases spiking rapidly at this moment, the Trenton Police Department will not hesitate to break up any establishment that recklessly puts profit over safety.”

Police started receiving reports of an illegal night club operating out of 318 S. Broad St. every Saturday night past 3 a.m and began doing surveillance, according to the statement.

On Nov. 6 at 11 p.m., officers entered the building and found that the first floor was being used as a nightclub, which included a dance floor, bar area, and kitchen, police said.

Six people, including the security guard working the front door, were arrested. Officers ejected 57 patrons and confiscated numerous bottles of alcohol and $3,276 in cash, authorities said.

“Not only did officers find that none of the patrons were wearing masks or observing social distancing, the building is suspected of having numerous code violations, including electrical, sprinkler and fire alarm issues,” Coley said in the statement.

Coley added that the city’s COVID-19 infection rates currently exceed county and state levels, are doubling every week and showing a similar rate of growth as the first wave of the virus earlier this year.

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Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.

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