Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lotion Demonstration Trial Begins.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Bruce Daniels Journal Staff Writer

Operator Charged With Promoting Prostitution

Deputy District Attorney Mark Drebing stood before a jury Tuesday and squeezed lotion onto his hands, saying "That's a lotion demonstration."

But Drebing told jurors in his opening statement that what 75-year-old Owyhee "Red" Allen was doing at three North Valley businesses he owned had nothing to do with "lotion sales" or "lotion demonstrations."

Those businesses the Cherry Blossom on Edith NE, the Seven Seas on Candelaria NE and The Place on Franciscan Place NE were "fronts for promoting prostitution," Drebing said.

Allen's long-delayed jury trial turns on charges of racketeering, extortion, promoting prostitution and other counts. …

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