Coweta County, GA - A welcome home party for local rapper Mondell 'M. Deezy' Whitaker, who had just been released from prison, turned into a 'go to jail' party, according to WSBTV.
More than three dozen people were arrested at Hoops Bar and Grill, after Coweta County deputies raided the bar on Friday, June 16. The Sheriff's Office said that the bar had been under investigation and surveillance for months, and has a history of 'not following the rules', ranging from noise violations to alcohol violations.
The incident began with a complaint about marijuana. Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager said that the odor of marijuana was so strong that you could smell it as you drove by the bar.
Word of the party spread through social media. Sheriff Yeager said, "Through the great social media, we were invited so we went and we showed up". He said that deputies had obtained a warrant to search for drugs, and that they had information that people would be there who would be in violation of their probation.
Once inside the bar, deputies found drugs. Two dozen people were arrested for probation violations only. The bar's owners, who were not identified, are under investigation, but have not been charged. Sheriff Yeager said, "Pretty much everybody is doing what they want out there and that's not going to be tolerated."
Whitaker's mother told reporter Chris Jose with WSB-TV that the raid happened in the middle of her son's performance. She said, "He keeps getting harassed. He's just trying to go to the club to perform and make money."