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NYC illegal bottle club busted for violating COVID rules with over 70 partygoers inside

New York City sheriffs busted an illegal bottle club in Queens packed with more than 76 revelers inside, officials said.

Authorities started conducting surveillance on Koko Rico restaurant on Junction Blvd. near 40th Rd. in Corona around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after getting reports the business was hosting a Thanksgiving Eve bash.

Sheriff deputies spotted an unconscious man about 50 yards from the restaurant’s rear alley entrance and called for medical attention around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

Officials entered the restaurant and found unmasked partiers drinking, smoking hookah and dancing.

The restaurant was slapped with a $15,000 fine for failing to protect health and safety and charged four organizers for the unsanctioned gathering.

Four organizers were charged with various offenses.

Adham Mahmoud, 27, of Staten Island, was charged with violating local COVID-19 restrictions. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and received a $1,000 fine for violating the city’s health code.

Angel Carrion, 34, was also charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions and was given a $1,000 fine for violating the city’s health code. The Manhattanite was further charged with not having a liquor license and violating city fire codes.

Michael Edgardo Melendez, 35, of Queens, was charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions.

Franklin Paredes Escobar, 32, of Brooklyn, was hit with a $1,000 fine for violating the city’s health code.

On Sunday, an illicit Queens sex club was shut down after sheriffs responding to a 311 complaint found more than 80 people without masks at an illegal party stylized like a modern-day Roman orgy.


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