FBI Helps Nab 10 in "Bootlegging" Bust; One Man Faced Prison Time for Selling a 12-Pack of Natty Ice

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What we were expecting.
When the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a six-month "bootlegging" investigation ended with 10 arrests, we were thinking it was a trip back to prohibition, involving Tommy guns, fedoras, and the phrase "G-Men."

Nah, we checked out the criminal complaints, and it took six months to round up some Native American folks who allegedly sold some bottles of malt liquor or crappy beer.

Yes, the FBI is apparently publicizing the fact that undercover cops went to a house on the Navajo Reservation to buy a 12-pack of Natty Ice.

That's just one charge in one of the cases, but selling intoxicating liquor in "Indian country" can land someone in prison for a year, and also get slapped with a $100,000 fine, we learned to day.

All 10 of the people arrested are from the Navajo Nation, where alcohol sales are prohibited. Thus, it's a federal crime to sell a 12-pack of shitty beer or any other alcohol there.

The Navajo Nation has contended for quite some time that its people have had extreme problems with alcoholism, and it's apparently still at the point where undercover cops are buying 12-packs of Natty Ice, or in another complaint, three bottles of malt liquor -- and the FBI's involved.

The going price for the 12-pack, the three bottles of malt liquor, and on another occasion, a flask-sized bottle of crappy vodka, were all $20.

According to federal court documents, seven of the 10 people -- ranging in age from 19 to 58 -- took plea deals, leading to a year on probation.

The other three people were caught with either meth or marijuana, according to their criminal complaints, so they haven't gotten the luxury of a plea deal.

And today you learned, there are "bootlegging" investigations in 2012.

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This actually happened.



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Coz
Coz

Wow, sure is some crack pot investigating there....what a  joke and a waste of time.

Albert
Albert

??? I don't get it either...... Anyone ever read the 18th and 21st Amendments? The "18th Amendment" power that was given to the federal government and the states... to deal with the "prohibition" from production to transporting.. was never reauthorized by the 21st Amendment.   The transportation and importation into any state.... part is  really vague, and the in violation of the laws thereof part is odd... there are no laws listed within the 21st Amendment to violate.. Also, because they never added the section that congress had added into all Amendments after the 13th Amendment... The congress or" the state legislatures "shall have the authority to enact necessary legislation..... or something like that to regulate??

Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress. 

Michael Cordova
Michael Cordova

Wow. $100,000 fine is not a joke.  Seriously though that is a waste of time. They should be investigating more important things not "bootlegging".

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

This is classic Flagstaff FBI...and they did the same thing a couple years ago with a Navajo guy who had a beer making kit like the ones you can buy at Trader Joes...No joke. Flagstaff Us Attorney filed the case as well. You can't make this stuff up!  Sending "under-cover" agents to buy a pint of piss...driving by 3 meth labs on the way...

Sabastiansmom
Sabastiansmom

Where exactly is the Navajo Nations reservation located? I never understood how prohibition on the res worked....cant they just drive a couple miles off of the res and buy alcohol legally? Does this particular tribe have a casino on their land? Cause as far as I know, all the casinos in AZ serve alcohol. ...

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Meanwhile, over at Colorado City.......

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 Exactly..............Booze----NO

                         Pedophilia---------Well........OK. Just keep it to yourselves.

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