WHISKY SEIZED FROM BOOTLEGGERS | Sheriff B. E. White and four of his deputies were called to the assistance of United States Marshal Trezevant Saturday to raid a party of bootleggers at Walt’s Landing on the Mississippi river.
Upon receiving the message Sheriff White and deputies departed and joined the Shelby county posse of officers near Millington. From there they proceeded to their destination and found that the whisky boat had been unloaded and placed on the shore in the hands of one of the bootleggers, who was waiting for the arrival of automobiles to transfer the liquor to Memphis, where it would have been sold.
The officers seized the booze and arrested four men, who were in charge of the consignment. The liquor was packed in 40 cases containing 1,920 half pints. The men were taken to Memphis and lodged in the county jail. They were later brought to Covington and turned over to Sheriff White for safe keeping.
The seized liquor has been stored away in the United States Customhouse in Memphis. Since the raid additional arrests were made in Memphis in connection with the event Saturday night. They were also brought to Covington and placed in the county jail.
They will be given a preliminary hearing in Memphis today before the Federal authorities and will have to answer to the charges of transporting liquor into dry territory. Heavy penalties will doubtless be imposed.
[Covington Leader, Covington, Tenn., August 23, 1917]