After federal agents raided the downtown offices of Yassine Enterprises this morning--the nightclub group owns Qua, Kiss & Fly, Pure and a number of other places beloved by $30,000 millionaires, plus Stack Burger Bar--news reports indicate that at least ten people have been arrested on charges of money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking. As far as law enforcement goes, it sounds like everyone showed up to the party: the raid was conducted with teams from the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Texas Comptroller and the Austin Police Department. According to KXAN:
Hussein Ali Yassine, his two brothers and their executive assistant were in the group of at least five people arrested in connection to the FBI raid on several Sixth Streets bars between Neches and Trinity streets. ... Four people are facing federal cocaine charges -- one including distribution of the drug. Another person has a firearms drug charge in connection to drug trafficking.Yassine Enterprises was already on the feds' radar: in January, former employees of Yassine Enterprises filed a class action lawsuit against them, alleging federal minimum wage violations.
Qua. [Photo: Yassine/Official]