Officials bust illegal party with over 160 mask-less people

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New York City Sheriff's Office shut down a party with over 160 people in Queens early Sunday.

Just before 2:30 a.m., officials witnessed multiple people entering an illegal bottle club at 145-12 243rd Street in Rosedale through the rear alley and discovered a crowd of more than 164 maskless people partying in violation of emergency orders dancing, drinking alcohol, and smoking hookah.

Authorities also discovered people unloading alcoholic beverages into the same rear alleyway at the location that had no liquor license, the Sheriff's Office said.

Officials described the location as "dangerously overcrowded," noting that the venue has no Certificate of Occupancy on file with the NYC Department of Buildings.

The event space's main egress was blocked by a metal roll-down gate, officials added.

Two unlicensed security guards identified as Sha-Mel Lamont Jones, 21, and Jason Hicks, 35, were found outside the rear door of the venue, and both taken into custody, officials said.

They were both charged for failing to have a valid security license and for violating Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio's orders against non-essential mass gatherings.

A DJ identified as Andres Cadavid, 28, and a patron, 38-year-old Carl Champagne for possession of marijuana and a hatchet were also taken into custody.

Cadavid faces charges including violating the orders against non-essential mass gatherings.

He was also issued a $1,000 fine for organizing and promoting the large unauthorized gathering, according to authorites.

Officials issued the event venue a $15,000 fine for failure to protect health and safety and charged with violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the NYC Fire Code.

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