GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County woman has been charged after police said they broke up a party at her house and discovered teenagers drinking and a possible strip club in her basement.
The house is located on the 1400 block of Purcell Road in Lawrenceville. It’s in a quiet neighborhood, but it wasn’t on the night of July 18, according to next door neighbor Jim Ferguson.
“It was like being downtown. There were so many folks that when I came out here and I was telling them to get off my lawn, I was just one person among the chaos,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson said they were all young people and they were all apparently attending some party next door to him.
Police said the party was at the home of Constance Trahan, 28, who was arrested. Officers said she was not only selling alcohol to minors, but she was running what appeared to be an underground strip club.
“The officers that did respond did see what appeared to be some sort of gentleman’s club or strip club that was being conducted at the time,” said Cpl. David Schiralli with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel Bojorquez obtained a police report which showed one officer told police there were dancers. The officer also said he found a sign advertising “$1 Jello shots.”
Bojorquez knocked on the door but no one answered. Someone called police after Channel 2 Action News crews showed up at the house, but they wouldn’t answer the door for the officer either.
“If they can’t get into bars, they were coming down here to drink. That’s my theory,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson said he hopes the arrest puts an end to the loud, late-night parties he heard on more than one occasion.
“I would like it to be normal again,” said Ferguson.
Trahan and a 20-year-old who was arrested for underage drinking and marijuana possession have bonded out of jail.
Officials said when police showed up at the home during the night in question, many of the other party guests fled.
Trahan faces misdemeanor charges of maintaining a disorderly house.