Feb 19, 2016 2:33 PM

Gilford strip club owner settles with town for $118,000, federal lawsuit dropped

NH1 Digital Content Manager - NH1.com

GILFORD - A man has settled with the town after accusing the police of raiding his strip club in an effort to close the place down.

READ: Gilford strip club owner claims police raid caused losses of more than $1.1 million

Willard Drew has accepted a $118,000 payment from the town's insurance carrier to end the litigation, according to the Laconia Citizen.

Under the terms of the agreement, $92,000 of the payment represents damages against Drew and $26,000 represents his attorney's fees.

Drew filed a federal lawsuit in January charging his Gilford strip club was the target of a police raid designed to drive him out of business. He said he suffered a revenue loss of as much as $1.1 million as a result of the denial of his First Amendment Rights.

In 2011, police executed a search warrant after four months of prior undercover investigation, where they were sold drugs from five employees.

Drew owned the property and held the liquor license for the venue but was not in charge of management at the time.

Kevin Deane is the Digital Content Manager for NH1.com. You can email him at kdeane@nh1.com and follow him on Twitter, @kdeaneNH1.

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