Smyrna pub staffers arrested in connection with alleged pot sales ring

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The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement and Smyrna Police arrested employees of a Smyrna pub-restaurant in connection with  a marijuana sales ring.

The alcohol enforcement  division received information from the Smyrna Police Department indicating that drugs were being sold inside of The Celtic Pub,  at 699 Jimmy Drive in Smyrna.

Alcohol agent and Smyrna police launched a joint investigation into the Celtic Pub and during an undercover investigation determined that employees of the Celtic Pub were found to be involved in and/or had direct knowledge of the sales .

An  Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement agent was able to secure separate purchases of marijuana from employees Travis Boutin and Nicole Blanchfield while both were working at The Celtic Pub, a release stated.

Also, a   bartender, Amy Anderson, was observed serving more than one alcoholic beverage after the last call as well as after one a.m.  in violation of the state’s liquor control act.

On March 24,  several DATE agents and Smyrna police officers executed a search warrant at The Celtic Pub and arrested Boutin, Blanchfield and Anderson without incident.

Boutin was found to be in possession of $1,031 in cash, which was seized.   A second search warrant was executed at   Boutin’s residence in the 500 block of Barley Court in Smyrna.

While inside Boutin’s residence, another tenant, Andrew Spear, was found to be in possession of marijuana, two loaded handguns and a switchblade.

Spear was taken into custody without incident.  Further investigation revealed that a Nathan Muldowney was also involved in marijuana distribution in and around The Celtic Pub.  Muldowney, who is unemployed, was arrested at a nearby residence and was found to be in possession of $7,963 in cash, all of which was seized.

All defendants listed were arrested for the above charges and were later released under unsecured bonds after arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court #7.  Several liquor license violations for similar charges will also be forthcoming against the Celtic Pub.  The investigation remains ongoing.

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