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Albany drug agents shut down east side 'shot house'

Albany woman charged with selling alcohol without a license

Bobby Ann Brown was arrested Wednesday and charged with selling alcohol without a license. (Special Photo)

Bobby Ann Brown was arrested Wednesday and charged with selling alcohol without a license. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — A woman was arrested Wednesday evening for operating an unlicensed bar in her east Albany home, drug enforcement officials say.

After receiving “a number of complaints” about the activity at 1309 E. Society Ave., agents of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit visited the residence around 9 p.m. Wednesday, said Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the ADDU.

Upon arrival, officers found something of a festive atmosphere, with people gathered near the residence, listening to music provided by a disc jockey, officials say. When approached by the agents, some of the people gathered ran inside the residence.

Bobby Ann Brown, 46, gave permission for the agents to come in for a look, Berry said, where they found evidence of a “shot house,” where hard liquor was being sold by the drink.

“There were several types of beer and liquor, as well as crackers and different types of snacks,” Berry said.

Agents also discovered a small amount of cocaine on the premises, as well as two vials of pain medication and a semi-automatic handgun, Berry said.

Alcohol sales were carried on from the back of the house, according to Berry, and the operation utilized a simple cash register with “a lot of one-dollar bills inside.” Berry said that when asked, Brown was unable to produce a license allowing the sale of alcohol.

“We charged (Brown) because she was the only one inside at the time,” Berry said. “The case is still under investigation.”

Berry said that “for now” Brown is charged only with selling alcohol without a license, though additional charges may be forthcoming, pending the investigation.