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Closing arguments wrap up in trial of Cahoots bar after Louisville Metro Police raid

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Bardstown Road bar is fighting back after police say drugs, underage drinking and health code violations were found in September.

Attorneys on both sides of the Cahoots case couldn't reach a settlement, so the case was being tried at the old jail Tuesday afternoon.

Video of the police raid inside Cahoots in September went viral. It was played during the trial. In it, you see Louisville Metro Police ordering customers at Cahoots to stay put.

No one was allowed to leave the bar until they were frisked.

During the raid, police say they also discovered a 19-year-old drinking and ashtrays inside Cahoots, which violates the city's smoking ban. The business was cited for failure to maintain health standards, sale of alcohol to a minor and for having controlled substances on the premises.

ABC says the penalty is $9,000.

Cahoots attorney says the charges against his client are false. He says alleged drugs were found outside, not on their property. The Board argued it is still on their property.

When asked if the bar has a policy against drugs in the building, owner Marcia Cain responded, "If you see someone with drugs you tell them to leave, and they're not allowed back."

An ABC officer with LMPD has been testifying about what he witnessed at the business that night and his info from a confidential informant.

"The gentleman that had been selling the cocaine, pills, marijuana, was stopped at the front door," said the officer.

"How did you receive identification of him?" asked one of the attorneys.

"The CI [confidential informant] had informed us of what he was wearing when the transaction conspired," the officer replied.

This is different from a criminal trial. Cahoots' attorney says arguments do not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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