Dec 7, 2012 3:49 PM by Ian Auzenne
Court records show the investigation leading up to a DEA raid on Desperado's Cabaret lasted two years. According to documents obtained by the Daily Advertiser, undercover agents noted rampant drug sales and prostitution. The complaint field by investigators say agents purchased drugs in the facility and were offered sexual activities in the club's VIP room for prices ranging between $250 and $275. The statement claims $50 to $75 of the price was paid to the house for use of the room. "Once in this VIP room," the complaint says, "anything goes for the right price."
First Assistant U. S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook says the Advertiser received this information after the Federal Clerk of Court inadvertently released a sealed affidavit. Van Hook says all of the information pertaining to the James Panos and Desperado's investigations remain sealed under a judge's orders to protect the identity of witnesses and investigators.