Cops in Newark, New Jersey shut down an illegal warehouse bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Detectives from the Newark Police Vice Crimes Task Force had been tipped off that there was a large party going on at a warehouse at 12 am, directly flouting the Garden State’s COVID-19 safety regulations. According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, upon entering the warehouse officers found 200 people drinking alcohol and participating in illegal gambling.
The figure of 200 people within the warehouse was grossly in excess of the indoor gathering limit of 10 people imposed by Governor Phil Murphy in response to rising coronavirus case numbers. Governor Murphy had lowered the limit from 25 people, which had in turn been reduced from 150 people. In addition, officers found two women that were selling alcoholic beverages behind a makeshift bar without the necessary alcoholic beverage vendor license.
In connection with the illegal bar and overly-large gathering, officers arrested 28-year-old Katherine Tinizaray and 26-year-old Denisse Tinizaray, both of whom hail from Newark. The charges against them are illegal possession of alcohol, illegal sale of alcohol, and running an illegal liquor establishment.
This is the second time within the last month that New Jersey officers have had to shut down an illegal bar. On the 14th of December, officers in Trenton busted a 45-person party within a home that had been converted into a speakeasy. Many of the attendees were from out of state, and none were observing social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.