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Friday December 8th, 2017 :: 04:14 p.m. PST
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Joint Press Release - Sean McLaughlin charges

The former security manager of American Junkie bar and nightclub in Newport Beach was charged today with furnishing drugs to club patrons, causing multiple overdoses.  The press release below was issued jointly by the Orange County District Attorney's office and the NBPD.  The release can also be read online at http://orangecountyda.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=5409.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 17HF1409
December 8, 2017
FORMER SECURITY MANAGER OF AMERICAN JUNKIE NIGHTCLUB CHARGED WITH FURNISHING DRUGS TO CLUB PATRONS CAUSING MULTIPLE OVERDOSES

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The former security manager of American Junkie bar and nightclub was charged today with furnishing drugs to club patrons, causing multiple overdoses.

Defendant: Sean Robert McLaughlin, 43, Aliso Viejo       
 
Charged today with:
Felony

  • (4) Sale/transportation of a controlled substance
  • Sale/transportation of ecstasy
Misdemeanor
  • False imprisonment
Sentencing Enhancements
  • (4) Inflicting great bodily injury
 
Maximum Sentence: 16 years in state prison      
 
Court Date: Arraignment TBD 

Bail: $500,000


Circumstances of the Case
  • At the time of the crime, McLaughlin was employed as the security manager for American Junkie bar and nightclub in Newport Beach.
  • On Sept. 18, 2016, the defendant is accused of holding a woman against her will inside his office at the nightclub and supplying her with ecstasy.
  • Prior to Nov. 18, 2016, the defendant is further accused of furnishing cocaine laced with fentanyl to four club patrons.
  • At approximately 1:05 a.m on Nov. 18, 2016, the Newport Beach Fire Department and Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) responded to a call for medical aid for multiple victims at a business in the 2400 block of Newport Boulevard.
  • Four victims were transported to local hospitals, where one man later died.
  • On Dec. 8, 2017, NBPD, who investigated this case, arrested the defendant.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman, Felony Panel
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