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Neptune's Lagoon: Unfairly Trashed

Anaheim PD, code enforcement and state labor officials raid a Jacuzzi-by-the-hour spot, trashing the place—and leaving the owner with the bill

In an interview with the Weekly, Anaheim PD public-information officer Tim Schmidt claimed Neptune's had long been suspected of sex trafficking and said they conduct multidepartment sweeps on a regular basis. When asked how they are able to conduct a criminal investigation and raid a business without a warrant, he didn't offer a comment. When asked for examples of Neptune's engaging in sex trafficking, he skipped the question. The departments of code enforcement and labor standards didn't return calls or emails seeking comment.

Front desk oasis
LP Hastings
Front desk oasis
You can't be running around willy nilly
LP Hastings
You can't be running around willy nilly
The storage rooms that were removed per code enforcement (right)
LP Hastings
The storage rooms that were removed per code enforcement (right)
Mood lighting
LP Hastings
Mood lighting
Maddox's storage building in the back of the shop - no cuzzying in here
LP Hastings
Maddox's storage building in the back of the shop - no cuzzying in here
Constantly taking calls
LP Hastings
Constantly taking calls
OC Weekly, not Coast Magazine
LP Hastings
OC Weekly, not Coast Magazine

Meanwhile, Maddox will continue on. "The reason my friends are here is because I sponsor them in AA, but they stay out of sight and in the back," he says. "I've been sober 26 years, and I only have three Jacuzzis. I can run this place by myself."

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