Alleged Dallas Church Was Actually Teen Nightclub/Drug Den
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An investigation suggests a Dallas man who said he owned a church-like organization was actually running a dance club.
The city is suing to get the club called Darkside, on Northwest Highway and Webb Chapel, shutdown.
According to Senior Assistant City Attorney Melissa Miles, undercover officers discovered that the establishment owned by Glen Hudson was and after-hours dance club, frequented by teenagers.
KRLD’s Matt Thomas Reports:
“They [officers] were of course there in a undercover capacity so they weren’t able to approach and verify peoples ages, but it was their impression that it was quite a young group,” said Miles. “They had concerns that some of the folks might have been underage.”
Owner Hudson had claimed his organization ordained ministers. City Attorney Miles says there was ‘activity’ at the location, but not that kind.
“We determined that they were not only not a church but this was actually being operated as a place where the buying, selling, and use of drugs was rampant,” she said.
The manager of the place, Tommy Gunn, has been arrested and charged with supplying drugs to underage children and indecency with a child.
The suit filed by the city claims the location is constitutes a nuisance, based on the drug activity there.
Officials believe Hudson classified the establishment as a church to exempt him from city land use regulations.