Home Was Operating As Brothel, Produce Market

Whoo hoo! CT is back on the map. First Rowland and his impeachment process hit Drudge. Then a food fight followed! Now a Produce Brothel. Will it finish up the triology of CT news on Drudge?

HEY! Get your mind out of the gutter. That banana and that peach weren’t doing ANYTHING wrong. Now that other banana and that other peach. They were happily entertaining each other on the table. Vrowwwl.

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Police: Home was operating as brothel, produce market

June 12, 2004, 9:38 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn, — City officials on Friday shut down a two-family home they said was doubling as a brothel and makeshift market for produce and pornography.

When police arrived Friday, they found shelves packed with shriveled onions, garlic gloves, rotting mangoes and bananas. A scale hung over an empty cash register.

Movies and Latin CDs lined the walls and pornographic videos were tucked behind a curtain.

Inside three small bedrooms, tables were topped with sexual paraphernalia.

“We’re trying to figure out what part everybody played. I’ve never seen anything like this,” Police Lt. J. D. Smith told the New Haven Register.

Police had met with the residents Thursday night. But when investigators arrived at the home Friday, they said the business operators had cleared out with about 20 bags of rice and chicken parts.

The owner of the building, Maire Pantani, does not live there, said housing official Rafael Ramos. Officials have no way to reach her, he said.

“She’ll look for us when she sees the placard on the doors and plywood on the windows,” Ramos said. “No one can reoccupy this house until it gets an inspection from the Building Department and housing code enforcement.”

Copyright ? 2004, The Associated Press

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