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Facing allegations his Hamilton Street bar doubled as a place to buy cocaine, the owner of Mr. D's Raging Bull has indicated he intends to sell his liquor license.

In a handwritten letter to the town manager and Southbridge Liquor Licensing Board, bar owner Nicholas P. DiGregorio said he already has an interested buyer.

The letter was made public at Thursday night's emergency meeting, during which the board set a Dec. 10 date for disciplinary action. Police are asking for permanent revocation of the license.

Mr. DiGregorio asked the board to allow up to two weeks, the amount of time the prospective buyer would need for a loan to go through.

Mr. Clark said that in the interest of public safety, the administration asked Mr. DiGregorio if he would voluntarily close until the disciplinary hearing is held. The bar owner's letter stated he did not intend to re-open.

Nicholas DiGregorio, 28, of 127 Everett St., second floor, and his father, Dana DiGregorio, 51, of 29 Dugg Hill Road, Holland, were both charged early Sunday at the bar with trafficking in more than 14 grams of cocaine and trafficking in more than 14 grams of cocaine near a school (Southbridge Day Care Center).

Police allege that between Aug. 1 and Sunday, four controlled substance purchases were transacted at the bar. Nicholas DiGregorio sold the drugs each time with his father present, Sgt. Ryan Roettger, the town's liquor agent, said at the meeting. The investigation led to Dudley District Court issuing a search warrant for the bar.

On Sunday, about 12:30 a.m., detectives and officers from the South Worcester County Drug and Counter Crime Task Force recovered about 16 grams of cocaine (estimated street value of more than $600). They said it was found in a storage/office area in the basement with a large number of plastic bags, commonly used to package cocaine, and $1,259.

Sgt. Roettger asked the board to view the four purchases as separate offenses, and to permanently revoke the license based on the recent incidents and the bar's history of violations.

Mr. Clark said the law requires due process for people who have the potential of having their liquor license suspended or revoked.

Mr. Clark said Jeffrey A. Honig, of town counsel Kopelman & Paige, indicated that if Nicholas DiGregorio is convicted, the law dictates he would lose the license.

"It is appropriate for him to attempt to transfer the license now," the manager said. "Until the time of the hearing, it would be up to the board at that hearing to decide what they wanted to do with the license."

Dana DiGregorio, an employee of the bar, is the brother of Town Council Chairman Catherine E. Nikolla, who attended the emergency meeting but did not speak, and School Committee Vice Chairman David L. DiGregorio.
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