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Lexington moonshine raid, 1951

Posted on August 8, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Lexington police officer Harrison Sallee passes confiscated moonshine jars to officer Jesse Wilburn Jan. 11, 1951. The house at 536 Brown Court was raided in what police described as the biggest moonshine raid in local history. 188 gallons of the liquor were well hidden under the kitchen floor, which was accesiable through a trap door. All of the moonshine was stored in fruit jars, officers said. Four men were arrested during the raid. Herald-Leader archive photo

Lexington police officer Harrison Sallee passed confiscated moonshine jars to officer Jesse Wilburn Jan. 11, 1951. The house at 536 Brown Court was the target of what police described as the biggest moonshine raid in local history. 188 gallons of the liquor were well hidden under the kitchen floor, which was accessible through a trap door. All of the moonshine was stored in fruit jars, officers said. Four men were arrested during the raid. Herald-Leader archive photos

Lexington officer James Kenton shows there was not much room for those arrested after the liquor was loaded in a police vehicle, Jan. 11, 1951. The house at 536 Brown Court was raided in what police described as the biggest moonshine raid in local history. 188 gallons of the liquor were well hidden under the kitchen floor, which was accesiable through a trap door. All of the moonshine was stored in fruit jars, officers said. Four men were arrested during the raid. Herald-Leader archive photo

Lexington officer James Kenton showed that there wasn’t much room for those arrested after the liquor was loaded into a police vehicle on Jan. 11, 1951. The confiscated moonshine was later poured down the sewer. Click here to see more moonshine photos from our archives.

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