Nepheles punished for employee’s behavior
October 26, 2003
Nepheles Restaurant is temporarily closed while its liquor license is suspended for 25 days. This is punishment for the Ski Run Boulevard restaurant’s having a bartender assist in cocaine sales at the site.
SLEDNET, South Shore’s drug enforcement agency, arrested two people in April after an investigation found a bartender was referring people to a customer, Efren Gonzalez, who would sell them cocaine.
As a result, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board suspended the restaurant’s liquor license on Oct. 23. The restaurant will reopen in November.
Jody Easley Mitchell, the former bartender, pleaded no contest in June to being an accessory to a felony and paid a $603 fine.
Gonzalez pleaded no contest to one count of possession of cocaine and two counts of possession for sale. He received one year in county jail, five years of probation, $6,000 in fines and deportation after his jail time.
– E-mail William Ferchland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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