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Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Rocker roofied, guest dies in pool incident — this must stop!


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Fireworks light up the sky over the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in this view from the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay.

Violent prostitutes and drug dealers with quiet, turn-a-blind-eye cooperation from bartenders and club hosts are giving our hotel executives nightmares, and it’s about time a real effort was made to run them out of town before our tourism industry gets damaged further.

By now everybody is aware of the sex and drugs scandal at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay that led our Nevada Gaming Commission to level a $500,000 fine.

No sooner was that headlined last week than another horrifying incident took place this past weekend. A rock star at another property — both of whom will not be identified here — was roofied and rolled on his visit.

He’d gone to the bar for a drink after checking in, and the next thing he knew, he woke up the next morning to find his wallet containing $10,000, his credit cards, his expensive watch and his room all stripped bare.

Security video shows him talking to men at the bar and then being led to his suite by an African American woman. He complained to security the next day that his drink had been drugged and that he had zero knowledge of what had happened.

The rocker was told that it could have been far worse if he’d woken up in a bathtub of ice with body parts removed. The lesson here is to always watch your drink, don’t talk to strangers and keep your glass in your hand.

Two predator drugs associated with date rape are GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and Benzodiazepines, aka Rohypnol or roofies. Both have no taste or smell and mix quickly in alcohol to induce unconsciousness.

Simultaneously, another drinker was found floating in a hotel pool over the weekend after swimming and hitting his head into a concrete wall. Security staff and a lifeguard on duty at the dayclub resuscitated him, and he was taken off to a hospital for observation, but he died there later.

These are all bad marks on our city. To function favorably with our much-needed visitors, we have to ensure that they enjoy a trouble-free experience. Everybody has to be vigilant, report suspicious behavior and protect our guests from trouble.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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