Manager, dancer at gentlemen’s club face nudity, drug charges

Alabama -from – The manager and a dancer of a Houston County gentleman’s club face felony charges after they were arrested over the weekend.

Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said deputies arrested Michael Gene Cox, 39, of Lynn Haven, Fla., late Saturday night and charged him with running a business that allowed too much nudity. Court records show detectives charged Cox with a felony violation of the anti-obscenity act. Records show Cox was charged with doing business at Secrets Gentleman’s Club on Friday and Saturday in the 14000 block of U.S. 231 South near Madrid.

Gonzalez said Cox served as the manager of the business.

Cox was released from the Houston County Jail after he posted a $2,500 bond. If convicted of the class C felony he faces one to 10 years in prison.

Gonzalez said detectives also charged one of the dancers, Cynthia Elaine Best, with a felony charged of possession of cocaine. Best, 33, of Cottondale, Fla., was also released after she posted a $2,500 bond.

The felony charges came as a result of a two-day undercover operation at the nightclub by Houston County Sheriff’s investigators.

Gonzalez said the business had been open a couple of weeks, and after they’d received notice of its business license they recently started checking in on it. Gonzalez said there was no alcohol being sold at the business, but there was alcohol inside.

“We checked it once and everything seemed fine, and within a week we started getting complaints,” Gonzalez said. “Our complaint was that there was nude dancing in there. We didn’t see complete nudity. We saw nudity from the waist up.”

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