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South Side Bar Shut Down After Alleged Cocaine & Meth Sales

Bar 118 faces a disciplinary hearing later this month

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Bar 118
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A South Side bar has been shut down for at least a month after police alleged a battery of drug-related crimes took place inside the tavern. The infractions include employees selling meth during the bar’s business hours. Bar 118, 11848 S. Western Ave., faces a license disciplinary hearing on Aug. 23 at City Hall, as the city has shut the bar down until Sept. 3, according to DNAinfo.

The shut down comes after police arrested four after a Friday raid. Those arrested included an employee who was a convicted felon and in possession of a gun, according to Beverly Patch. Meanwhile, three customers were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Over the last four months, police allege eight employees routinely sold cocaine, meth and cannabis at the Morgan Park bar, and they also regularly received drug deliveries. Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) has asked for the bar’s license to be revoked.

The bar’s ownership recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. However, problems date back before the new regime, as neighbors lodged complaints even before new ownership took hold.

Bar 118

11848 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643