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Victoria bar hit with drug charges, liquor infractions

Three employees of a Victoria bar are facing drug charges after an undercover police sting netted cocaine and marijuana in the establishment.

Victoria police set up the stings, dubbed "Hangover 1" and "Hangover 2," at Soprano's Karaoke and Sports Bar and Grill (730 Caledonia Ave.) last summer after receiving reports that drugs were being sold by some employees.

Crown counsel approved charges last week against Emil Spelman, Brandy Coles and Lars Borgerson for trafficking in a controlled substance; Borgerson also faces a charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

VicPD officers also observed several liquor infractions and notified provincial inspectors, said Const. Mike Russell.

"The mixing of drug sales and liquor infractions are very concerning to us and we’re glad we were able to have a successful project,” said Insp. Brian Fox, in charge of VicPD's Operational Support division.

“If we get information that this is happening again, you can bet we will complete the trilogy.”

Appearance dates for the accused have not yet been set in Victoria law courts.

Soprano's management could not be immediately reached for comment, but an update on the bar's Facebook page on Friday afternoon stated: "Sopranos will be showing Hangover I and Hangover II on the big screens tonight."

 

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