Illegal club shut down in Columbus

Trina Boykins - Source: Muscogee County Jail
Trina Boykins - Source: Muscogee County Jail

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Police have shut down an illegal club on the city's south side.

The Parlay Lounge on Cusseta Road had been advertising with cards and posters for "Freaky Friday at Parlay," also pitching "Ladies in Free" and "BYOB."

However, police say the owner's applications for a business and alcohol license are pending and have not yet been approved by the city.

Members of the Special Operations Unit shut the club down Friday just after 11 PM, seizing bottles of liquor that patrons had brought with them.

The owner, 26-year-old Trina Boykins was arrested and charged with several city ordinance violations, including Business License Required, Operating Without an Alcohol License and Brown Bagging Prohibited since customers brought their own alcohol.

Only certain businesses in Columbus still have brown bagging permits, according to officials, because the ordinance has changed. If a business had the permit before 2003 and is still under the same ownership, they are grandfathered in under the ordinance. New businesses cannot get the permit.

Trina Boykins has bonded out of jail. Officers say there were 20 people inside the club when they arrived.

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