Exotic club in Selma shut down

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 13, 2002

It was filled with drugs, a casino, and even a stage for exotic dancers. A V.I.P. card was needed to gain entrance. Cars were regularly parked outside during night hours, filling Dunklin Street, even filling a church parking lot located nearby.

It was a club, said Lt. John Brock, head of the narcotic division at the Selma Police Department &045;&045; a club that was illegal and has now been shut down by police.

The Dungeon, as it was known, located at 307 Dunklin St. in Selma, was apparently owned by Shawn Armstead, 30, a resident of Selma, who created the unlicensed club inside his own residence.

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After hearing many stories about this &uot;alleged&uot; club, police finally obtained a search warrant to go inside Armstead’s residence, basing their need for a search on evidence showing that drugs were inside the residence.

After entering, Brock said what he saw inside the residence, a concrete structure, located in this small dilapidated neighborhood across the street from a church , amazed him.

Brock said police also found what they were originally looking for &045;&045; drugs.

Police arrested Armstead after finding crack cocaine and marijuana in his possession. They also arrested Jarvis Givner, 40, of Selma, charging both with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. They were both sent to the Dallas County Jail.

Residents in the area, who didn’t want their names released, said the area was often filled with cars during night hours, with one resident saying that he suspected that something illegal might have been occurring in the area.

Brock said police suspected the club had been open for the past several months.