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Indianapolis nightclub owner, fashion designer arrested on federal drug charges

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (March, 10, 2016)- An Indianapolis nightclub owner and local fashion designer was arrested on federal drug charges Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Pierre Burnett is accused of supplying drugs to the streets of central Indiana.

As the rain fell hard on the "Epic Ultra Lounge" in Castleton, so did a federal indictment. The U.S Attorney’s office and sources say club owner Burnett is facing heroin, cocaine and money laundering charges. Records indicate the location was formally known as "Tantrum Lounge."

As Burnett attempted to leave the club on Thursday and get into his truck, DEA agents quickly surrounded him with their vehicles and arrested him. A search of his car revealed stacks of cash. The vehicle was eventually towed.

Last summer, Burnett's home near Lawrence was raided for several hours. Burnett was not arrested that day.  However, as the search was taking place, Lee Gray was arrested on drug charges.  Gray is accused of allegedly using an underground website to move heroin and accepting Bitcoin or virtual currency as payment.  Federal documents say the drugs were shipped through the U.S Postal Service.

Investigators believe Burnett supplied  drugs to Gray and others in the Indianapolis area.

Burnett and his family declined to comment on the charges. He will make his initial appearance in federal court  Friday morning.