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1967 LIQUOR RAID NETTED LARGE STASH

Morning Star, November 24, 2019, pg. 10

On early Sunday morning, December 17, 1967, a dozen Albion Police Department officers raided an after-hours "blind pig," at a house on Copper St. where liquor was being sold without a license. Several cases of whiskey and beer were seized, along with a pistol and several knives that were discovered.

A total of 16 men and 5 women were arrested and charged with frequenting a disorderly house, and the ringleader for the unlawful sale of intoxicants in his house. Another man who lived on Washington St. was arrested for selling liquor in his home, too, in a raid held the same day. The Albion Evening Recorder published the long list of names, ages, and addresses of those arrested, a practice which would not be allowed according to today's journalistic or legal rules.

Thirty-five bottles of whiskey were confiscated, and were turned over to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for resale. There were five whiskey bottles that were found opened; those were poured down the sewer at the police garage. Five cases of beer were also seized, and since the Commission didn't sell beer, its contents, too, were poured down the sewer, at least supposedly.

From our Historical Notebook this week is pictured is a confident Albion Police Chief Charles Lindstrom, gazing over the inventory that was to be turned over to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. A happy Thanksgiving to all my readers of this column. Enjoy your holiday with family and friends.


Albion Police Chief Charles Lindstrom with Confiscated Liquor

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