HPD Vice Conducts Raid on Unlicensed Establishment
February 6, 2005 -- On February
6, 2005, the Houston Police Department's Vice Division and the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed a search and
arrest warrant at the Covia Club, located at 3906 Westholm. The
owner, Abdullah Ben Hadj, was promoting the club on his web site
as a "private fantasy club-house and couples retreat."
During an extensive joint investigation, undercover officers and
agents purchased cocaine from the owner and several employees
of the unlicensed alcohol establishment. Officers and agents were
also looking into the possibility the club was involved in international
The raid resulted in the arrest of seventeen
people for delivery of controlled substance, operating, selling
and serving alcoholic beverages without a permit, public intoxication
and outstanding warrants. Mr. Hadj is charged with Delivery of
Controlled Substance. He is currently on felony probation for
possession of cocaine, which was found on him when arrested during
a 2003 vice raid for operating the club without the required Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Commission licenses.
Also named and arrested in the warrants were
Dean Joseph Okelly-Hadj, middle-eastern male 24, for Selling Liquor
without a License and Jaime Carranza, Hispanic male, 25, for Delivery
of Controlled Substance.
Although the Covia Club investigation was based
upon a citizen's complaint, the Vice Division is looking at several
other clubs city-wide that operate unlawfully without permits
and cater to after-hours drinking when legitimate clubs are required
to close. The law prohibits the sale or consumption of alcoholic
beverages after 2:00 a.m.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.