Police: 27 arrested during Ind. club bust

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police arrested 27 people at the Hard Hitters Club on Avondale Drive early Saturday morning following an investigation into several violent crimes that happened at the club, including a homicide.

According to Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman Michael Joyner, the Fort Wayne Gang and Violent Crimes Unit, along with the Indiana State Excise Police, served a search warrant at 5001 Avondale Drive at 2:15 a.m.

Police said there were around 70 people inside of the club at the time. Detectives found around 200 grams of marijuana, four grams of cocaine, three grams of spice, and four handguns in the club.

According to Joyner, 17 people were arrested for visiting a common nuisance, six for possession of marijuana, six for miscellaneous warrants, two for maintaining a common nuisance, one for dealing cocaine, and one for possession of a synthetic drug.

Police have not released the names of those arrested as of Saturday morning.

Joyner said the FWPD began investigating Hard Hitters after several incidents happened at the club, including a homicide and other nonfatal shootings and stabbings.

The FWPD was also assisted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, BATFE, Emergency Services Team, Allen County SWAT, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office with this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing, according to police.

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