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Three charged after Washington tavern is raided

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Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

Three people were arrested, and police seized drugs and cash when they raided Ernie's Freesyle Restaurant & Lounge on Friday.

Officers from the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the county district attorney's office and the county drug task force served a search warrant for drugs at the bar at 88 N. Main St. around 11 p.m., police said.

Marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia and cash were seized, and several weapons were discovered, police said. Washington City code enforcement officers also uncovered several building code violations.

Online records indicate the bar has been cited for liquor code violations nine times since 1998, most recently for allowing gambling on-site over several months in 2010 and operating without a health permit for about two weeks in 2012.

BLCE said the nuisance bar investigation is ongoing.

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