Employees of two Arcata bars accused of assisting in illegal drug sales

ARCATA, CA. – Following a ten month undercover investigation, two Arcata bars are under scrutiny by state and local investigators for illegal employee behavior.

In February, local and state authorities arrested nine patrons, and three employees, of Sidelines Sports Bar and Toby & Jacks Bar, in relation to illegal drug sale crimes.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control agency and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force partnered in the investigation of the bars, both located in the Arcata Plaza.

At these businesses, undercover agents say they were able to purchase illegal drugs with assistance from bar employees and patrons.

They say agents confiscated cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, ecstasy and a “psychedelic” schedule one narcotic known as DMT or Dimethyltryptamine.

Ultimately, nine patrons, and three employees were arrested on charges related to illegal drug sales, conspiracy, and weapons violations.

The ABC has filed accusations against both businesses – and penalties could range from fines, to having their business licenses revoked.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2424.

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