Newark Police Department cracking down on illegal alcohol distribution

The Newark Police Department is cracking down on restaurants and after hours locations for illegally distributing alcohol.

Newarks new police director and chief say after hours locations are safe havens for criminals and early-morning party seekers. In April, they began their crackdowns and say they are bound and determined to shut them all down.

Last Friday and Saturday, Newark police shut down four locations in the east district. Police officials say some of the locations were legitimate businesses, but after hours when the restaurants closed was when the illegal drinking began. They also arrested seven people who were charged with offenses from illegal distribution of alcohol to unlawful maintenance of a liquor establishment. Those arrested also paid fines and had their businesses shut down.

The police director says the raids will continue until they have the problem under control. He warns that people who patronize the locations will be arrested.

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