A six-month investigation has led to the arrest of a waitress who was allegedly selling cocaine on the job at a popular downtown bar and restaurant, according to Huntington Beach police.
A man who allegedly helped the waitress obtain drugs for sale was also arrested, Police Lt. Russell Reinhart said.
Brynn Ashley Boucher, 24, was arrested May 13 at Killarney Pub & Grill, and the man who assisted her, Victor Mac Davis, 29, was arrested nearby. Both are Huntington Beach residents.
More cocaine was found in Davis' residence, police allege.
Both are charged with three felony counts each for allegedly selling and transporting a controlled substance.
Undercover officers made cocaine purchases from the waitress in March, April and May, Reinhart said.
The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned July 5 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.
Councilman Joe Shaw congratulated police, but said more needs to be done to alleviate the problems downtown. The downtown area is saturated with alcohol licenses, resulting in Huntington Beach being, for its population size, the No. 1 place for DUIs in California.
"When we have such a concentration of alcohol-related businesses, these kinds of things naturally arrive, and the city is going to have to take strong measures sooner or later to do something about this," Shaw said.
Huntington Beach police joined an investigation at the beginning of this year with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in response to alcohol-related arrests and problems linked to certain businesses downtown, including Killarney, Reinhart said.
"The officers got information from other arrestees about the possibility of narcotic sales going on inside the bar, and that's what led to this," he said.
The city had been investigating alcohol-related crimes downtown when it came across information about the alleged cocaine sales.
"It's always surprising to learn that drug dealing is going on in your community," Councilwoman Connie Boardman said.
It's not clear if the restaurant owner or management were aware of the drug sales, but police are still investigating and more arrests are possible, Reinhart said.
Calls to Killarney's management were not returned Tuesday. An employee said the manager and owner declined to comment.