PHILADELPHIA, June 5 (UPI) -- Police in Philadelphia raided two coffee shops accused of operating as illegal speakeasies, arresting the owners and seizing cash and liquor.
Police searched the South Philadelphia coffee shops Caffe Italia and Mediterranean's Wednesday after an investigation stemming from customer suspicions of illegal activity in the businesses.
69-year-old Tonino Irace and 66-year-old Canio Pascale were arrested and charged with illegal liquor sales and criminal conspiracy. A third man, 44-year old Zoheir Mouloudj, was also arrested and stands charged with illegal liquor sales.
All three men were released from police custody of their own recognizance and will appear in court July 9 for preliminary hearings.