Marijuana sales investigation spurs raid on Hammond bar

2013-02-09T18:10:00Z 2013-02-10T01:13:07Z Marijuana sales investigation spurs raid on Hammond barBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
February 09, 2013 6:10 pm  • 

HAMMOND | An early morning police raid targeting suspected marijuana sales out of a Conkey Street bar netted four arrests and resulted in the temporary closure of DoDo's Firehouse Tap, police said. 

Hammond officers and state excise police executed a search warrant at DoDo's, 521 Conkey St., just after midnight Saturday, said Police Chief Brian Miller.

Excise police cited the bar for two counts of possession of marijuana, Miller said. The raid was the result of an investigation that lasted several weeks during which confidential informants bought narcotics from two bartenders at DoDo's, Miller said.

Charges against the bartenders will be sought early next week with the Lake County prosecutor's office, Miller said. One of the bartenders is in police custody, Miller said.

Those arrested were Riley Mullins, 27, of Chicago, for alleged possession of marijuana; Corly Holman, 31, of Illinois, for alleged false informing; and Ida Ignatuk, 38, and Larissa Peterson, 23, both of Hammond, on outstanding warrants, Miller said.

DoDo's also was found to be in violation of the city electrical code because of flooding in the basement, Miller said. The violation resulted in the bar being closed until it can be renovated, Miller said.

A July 2009 police raid targeting suspected cocaine dealing out of taverns in the city's central area turned up three bags of cocaine inside a crockpot at Dodo's, according to published reports.

DoDo's is 520 feet from Lew Wallace Elementary School and slightly more than 500 feet from a children's day care center.

Dodo's liquor license had been suspended in 2009 but was later reinstated, Miller said.

The alcohol permit will be reviewed by excise police, Miller said.

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