COLUMBIA — Karon Rowe, owner of Peppers Nightclub, was arrested after Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies discovered evidence of illegal activity while executing a search warrant at the business on Friday afternoon, detective Tom O'Sullivan said.
"There were numerous firearms, rifles and pistols," he said. "There was evidence the building was being used for prostitution and that EBT cards were being used to illegally obtain food for Peppers."
Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are how food stamps are received and used.
Rowe, 61, was released from jail after posting a $9,500 bond for charges of unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful conversion of food stamps and promoting prostitution.
All three of the charges are felonies, O'Sullivan said.
This is the second time that Rowe has been arrested for prostitution charges. In 2007, she pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to promote prostitution and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation.
Jeremy P. Flanagan, 32, a maintenance worker for the night club was also arrested during the search for suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, the media release said. Like Rowe, he is a convicted felon and barred from possessing firearms.
Flanagan was released from jail after posting a $4,500 bond.
Boone County Counselor Charles Dykhouse and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's office filed a petition against the owners of the night club for an injunction to close the establishment.
The Internal Revenue Service, Missouri Department of Revenue and Columbia and Boone County Health Departments also assisted with the search warrant.