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Last updated: Sat. Mar. 15, 2014 - 10:54 am EDT

Fort Wayne Police gang unit, State Police round up 27 at club

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After several violent crimes had been reported, police hit hard at Hard Hitters Club, 5001 Avondale Drive, arresting 27 people, most on drug-related charges.

At about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, the Fort Wayne Gang and Violent Crimes Unit, working in conjunction with the Indiana State Excise Police, served a search warrant at the club with the assistance of the Emergency Services Team and Allen County SWAT. About 70 people were inside the club at the time.

Detectives recovered nearly 200 grams of marijuana, 4 grams of cocaine, 3 grams of spice, and four handguns, according to a news release from Sgt. Tom Strausborger of the gang unit.

As a result, 27 people were arrested on the following counts: maintaining a common nuisance (2); visiting a common nuisance (17); dealing cocaine (1); possession of marijuana (6); possession of a synthetic drug (1); and miscellaneous warrants (6).

The Fort Wayne Police Department began looking at Hard Hitters in response to several serious violent crimes associated with the location including shots fired, shootings, stabbings and one homicide, according to the release.

The FWPD was also assisted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Allen County prosecutor’s office with this investigation. The investigation is still ongoing.


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