Belmont cheerleader arrested for running bar without license - WKRN News 2

Former Belmont cheerleader arrested for running bar without license


A young man with ties to Belmont University was busted for allegedly running a bar without a license earlier this month.

According to investigators, agents received information that liquor was frequently sold at former Belmont cheerleader Devon MacPherson's home, referred to as the "Joy Mansion."  

During the December 7 bust, undercover operatives with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Metro police went to the home located on Lischey Avenue while a party was going on.

Authorities said at least 200 people were inside the home at the time and that MacPherson was charging party-goers at the door for liquor, which was being sold at two inside bars.

On the home's Facebook page, advertisements boasted of previous parties held at the residence stating, "The Joy Mansion has been putting on parties and events for the last two years for the local community. They have a history of consistently putting on the best college parties at a private residence. ...Three floors of entertainment that has held as many as 1,000 people."

Special agent Matt Larkins told Nashville's News 2 MacPherson was running the parties as a nightclub.

On the 26-year-old man's personal Facebook page pictures of him behind the bar and advertisements offering discounts for advance alcohol sales were discovered.

"He is not licensed to do any of this," Larkins explained.

Several arrests were made at the home on December 7, including MacPherson, who was charged with four counts related to selling alcohol without a license and cocaine possession.

Nashville's News Investigates spoke with MacPherson who called his arrest and the charges a "misunderstanding."

"There are no felonies here. It is just a misunderstanding. There is nothing to report here," he said from his home's porch.

The charges against MacPherson are all considered A or B level misdemeanors. Court records indicate he is scheduled to be in court on January 8.

Sixty-eight bottles of liquor and an undisclosed amount of cash were also seized during the raid.

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