By Jason Oliveira
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — At first glance, Cafe Dizzy looks like a legitimate restaurant.
“We found very very small indications that they were selling food,” said Jason Montgomery, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
A four-month investigation instead uncovered a slew of criminal activity was taking place inside.
Authorities said the Central Fresno restaurant was a storefront for something way more sinister.
“Department agents with my department were able to purchase drugs, they were able to make sports bets, they were able to play illegal card games, they were able to witness lewd activity by entertainment provided by employees. It did not operate in any way such as a restaurant,” said Montgomery.
Three people were arrested, two employees for illegal gambling, and a customer for selling drugs.
Thursday agents with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control posted a notice that prohibits Cafe Dizzy from ever selling alcohol again.
“This is not something that is very common. It’s very uncommon as a matter of fact, and the violations that occurred in here are very serious in nature,” said Montgomery.
Alex Geary frequents the shop next door and was shocked to learn about the numerous crimes agents discovered that were occurring during normal business hours.
“Usually if you think of places like that people are outside fighting, or threats being made, or gunplay, but it’s never been like that. It’s been a quiet casual little thing.”
As of right now the owner of Cafe Dizzy has not been arrested. Authorities said they could not link him to the crime.