Five people were arrested on drug charges Thursday night at a midtown strip club where two fatal shootings occurred last year.

All five were employees of The Candy Store, 1104 S. Craycroft Road, which had been the target of a six-month investigation that culminated with the arrests, officials said.

Tucson police worked with the Counter Narcotics Alliance and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control to investigate drug dealing and underage drinking at the club, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a police spokesman.

As a result, the club could lose its liquor license during a hearing before an administrative law judge on April 28, said Sgt. Wes Kuhl, an officer with Liquor Licenses and Control.

The employees, who included a bouncer, some hostesses and bartenders, are accused of selling cocaine and other drugs at the strip club, said Lt. Kelly Lane of the Counter Narcotics Alliance.

Two club dancers also could be arrested, depending on the investigation, Pacheco said.

The investigation began shortly after Angel A. Martinez, 20, was shot to death in October.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor requested the help of the state and the Counter Narcotics Alliance in response to the homicide and numerous complaints from neighbors, Pacheco said.

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Another man, David H. Tyne, 31, was shot and killed at the club in July.

Police had been called to the club 85 times in the 12-month period before the investigation began, Pacheco said.

During the course of the investigation, undercover officers were sent into the club and confirmed that drug activity was taking place, Lane said.

The drug deals usually involved patrons getting drugs from the employees, he said.

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