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Feds Charge Two DEA Agents For Secretly Running Wild New Jersey Strip Joint

May 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds Charge Two DEA Agents For Secretly Running Wild New Jersey Strip Joint

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HACKENSACK, (NJ)–Federal prosecutors arrested A former top agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and an agency employee on Wednesday, for illegally working double duty by operating a New Jersey strip club on the side and lying on national security forms about running the South Hackensack go-go club.

Recently-retired DEA Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge David Polos, 51, of West Nyack, New York, and Glen Glover, a 45-year-old DEA information technology specialist, of Lyndhurst, worked regular shifts at the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge, according to a federal complaint.

The pair didn’t disclose their business venture on government forms submitted in August and September 2011, prosecutors alleged.

twins-plus-go-go-lounge

“David Polos and Glen Glover had important and sensitive law enforcement jobs with the DEA,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “As alleged in the complaint, they also had other secret jobs, which they concealed from DEA in order to maintain their national security clearance, betraying the oaths they had taken and creating needless risk for the agency they worked for.”

Polos, who supervised the New York Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force, and Glover bought Twins Plus using a shell company in 2010, according to court documents.

Both men were involved in a range of tasks at the club, including managing dancers, bartenders and bouncers, prosecutors said. “Glover and Polos at times attended to club matters during DEA work hours,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Polos used his DEA-issued cell phone to exchange texts with an unnamed co-manager at the club, according to the complaint.

David Polos outside his West Nyack home on Wednesday. DEA agent Glen Glover leaves Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.

David Polos outside his West Nyack home on Wednesday. DEA agent Glen Glover leaves Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.

In an e-mail exchange with Polos, a club manager wrote that he “didn’t think anyone at the DEA actually went to work,” the complaint said.

Polos apparently didn’t try to hide his law enforcement position. In some cases, court papers alleged, he wore his badge and the club, but also claimed to be an FBI agent.

However, Running the Jersey jiggle joint wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Court papers said Polos once pulled up his pant leg to show off a gun during a dispute with a co-managers wife. “This is the boss. I am the boss,” the former agent said, according to the complaint.

Meanwhile, Glover on one occasion wore a bulletproof vest at the club, according to the complaint. Prosecutors said both men were aware that the club employed dancers who were living in the country illegally.

Workers at the club interviewed on Wednesday afternoon said they did not know about the arrests. A bartender, who declined to give her name, said she never saw the owners.

The club was the scene of a bloody melee in January 2014, when one man was beaten with a hammer, another stabbed and two were hit by a car, Bergen County prosecutors said at the time.

Three more men were charged in a January go-go bar brawl that saw one man bludgeoned in the head with a hammer, another stabbed in the torso and two struck by a car.

From left, Anthony Pate, Benjamin Venegas and Raphael Carrion

From left, Anthony Pate, Benjamin Venegas and Raphael Carrion

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced aggravated and weapons offenses charges against Anthony Pate, 37, of Belleville; Benjamin Venegas, 27, of Garfield; and Raphael Carrion Jr., 28, of Garfield.

The three were charged in a Jan. 27 fight at the South Main Street giggle joint. Pate, Ernest Brodie, 20, of Harrison (who was 19 at the time of the incident), and Jesus Colon, 21, of Lyndhurst got into an argument with Venegas, Carrion and Lukasz Dziewiatkowski, 32, of Garfield, Molinelli said.

Polos and Glover would have likely lost their security clearances if they disclosed their roles at the club, federal authorities said. The required forms they filed out are used to protect against possible blackmail and make sure officials stay away from possibly criminal activity.

They each face a maximum of five years in prison on charges of making false statements to the government.

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2015/05/dea_employees_lied_about_secret_jobs_at_go-go_club.html

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