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Police issue $17,000 in fines to 77 people for makeshift nightclub

A 42-year-old man has been arrested
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$17,000 in fines. 77 people fined. One arrest.

Not the normal stats for a house party, but the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) were busy this morning, state police in a press release. Their investigation began after being called to a makeshift nightclub last weekend.

Two more parties were held this weekend, according to the release, and police showed up as well, uninvited, but with a search warrant.

Inside the 1,100 ft. residence they found what appeared to be "a nightclub and show lounge."

"Our officers found 78 people inside the three-level apartment, and none of them were wearing masks,” says VPD Sgt. Steve Addison in the release. “There were menus, tables, point-of-sale terminals, and cash tills.”

Each of the 77 guests received a $230 fine for attending. The host, a 42-year-old man, was taken to jail.

"Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” says Addison. “If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Police first showed up to the penthouse/makeshift nightclub last weekend after receiving a tip from a woman who was invited. A man working the door was fined $2,500 of the Jan. 25 event. The host refused to let police enter at the time.