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Police Bust Illegal Speakeasy With 200 People In Warehouse

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Police in Newark, New Jersey, busted an illegal speakeasy bar being run out of a warehouse early Sunday morning, according to nj.com news.

The Newark Police Vice Crimes Task Force responded to reports of a large gathering at 12 a.m. in a warehouse located at Libella Court, nj.com news reported.

Upon arriving at the scene, police reportedly found 200 people congregated at the warehouse. The people inside were reportedly eating, drinking alcohol and partaking in illegal gambling which goes against the coronavirus mandates on indoor gatherings in New Jersey.

According to the current COVID-19 mandates put in place on Dec. 7 by Democratic state Gov. Phil Murphy, indoor gatherings are currently limited to 25 people. (RELATED: Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Praises Trump Administration For Vaccine Development)

Police reportedly arrested two women, Denisse Tinizaray, 26, and Katherine Tinizaray, 28, for selling alcoholic drinks from behind a makeshift bar. Neither of the women was able to show that they had a license to sell alcohol.

The women were reportedly arrested on charges relating to illegal possession of alcohol, illegal sale of alcohol, as well as maintaining an illegal liquor establishment.

This makes the second bust on an illegal bar this month, according to nj.com news. Earlier in December, police officers in Trenton, New Jersey, responded to reports that an illegal club was being held out of a home in the neighborhood of Chambersburg.

At the illegal bar in Trenton the police found that the owner had been charging $5 for beer, and ended up confiscating $942 in cash, along with 82 bags of cocaine.