Neosho nightclub El Far West, located at 17706 Missouri Hwy 59, has been accused of supplying alcohol to minors and its owner, Marcela J. Lara, 37, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Neosho nightclub El Far West, located at 17706 Missouri Hwy. 59, has been accused of supplying alcohol to minors and its owner, Marcela J. Lara, 37, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Officials from the Neosho Police Department, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Newton County Juvenile Office conducted an investigation at the club on Sunday, June 10, following suspicions of underage drinking at the establishment.
According to a release from the Neosho Police Department, during the Sunday investigation officers discovered approximately 10 underage patrons at the nightclub who were wearing “over 21” wristbands.
Of the underage individuals, three had alcohol in their system, according to a portable breath test.
The investigation was prompted by a vehicle stop performed by a Neosho police officer on Sunday, June 3. The officer stopped a vehicle on the south end of Neosho Boulevard near Business 71 for erratic driving. The 16-year-old driver of the vehicle appeared intoxicated, which was confirmed by a portable breath test.
The driver, as well as his passengers, were wearing “over 21” wristbands and stated that they had been drinking at El Far West, according to NPD officials. The other individuals’ ages were 17,18, 20 and 26.
Dave McCracken, Neosho Police Chief, said the issues at El Far West developed recently, and he did not acknowledge any previous problems with the club.
He said this is the only incident of its kind that Neosho officers have dealt with recently.
“This is the only issue we’ve had for awhile,” McCracken said. “It’s not something unheard of or anything.”
The Neosho Police Department’s release stated that Lara was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, as well as six counts of supplying alcohol to minors, however, only the second degree child endangerment charge had been formally filed as of Monday evening.
Lara is scheduled to appear before Newton County Judge Gregory Stremel on Monday, July 9 for arraignment.