11 more report drugging allegations at Blue Martini

Experts weigh in on Blue Martini reports

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— The Collier County Sheriff’s Office released 11 more reports on Wednesday, filed by customers of the Blue Martini in North Naples who believe they may have been drugged while dining at the restaurant.

As of Wednesday, 48 people have now filed similar reports with the Sheriff’s Office about blacking out after having a couple of drinks at the Mercato restaurant.

The names and ages of the people who believe they were drugged were completely redacted from seven of the 11 reports because investigators have not been able to interview them yet. The other four reports were filed by an 80-year-old man from Bonita Springs, a 56-year-old man from Bonita Springs, a 55-year-old woman from East Naples, and a 29-year-old woman from Lehigh Acres.

“At this point, we have suspicious incidents that we are investigating, but yes, we are taking it very seriously,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Karie Partington said.

The dates of the incidents in the 11 reports ranged from September 2009 to March 25. The incident reported on March 25, appears to be the first case of reported drugging at Blue Martini since the Daily News published a story about the accusations on March 4.

The incident report filed by 29-year-old Erin Helfert of Lehigh Acres lists a suspect whose name is unknown, and whose race, sex, age, height, weight and employer have been redacted for investigative purposes. When reached on the phone Wednesday, Helfert declined to comment.

“We haven’t determined that anything criminal is going on there,” Partington said. “Until we have proof that there is a crime, we do not have a suspect.”

Customers who believe they may have been drugged at a Collier County bar or restaurant are asked to report it to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300. Blue Martini has established a hotline for concerned customers and community members at (239) 206-1987.

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waveonshore writes:

Someone seems intent on ruining Blue Martini's business... a competitor perhaps? Blue Martini has been a big success... those customers obviously were regulars someplace else.

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