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(SD)-Authorities Uncover Bootlegging Operation On Reservation

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/29/2017 01:44 PM
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Oglala Sioux tribal police say they have uncovered a liquor bootlegging operation on the reservation.

     According to a release from the tribe, it was discovered two weeks ago while tribal officers were conducting warrant sweeps with the Black Hills Fugitive Task Force of the U-S Marshals Service

       Tribal authorities say the bootlegging operation involved mixing vodka with "probably" isopropyl alcohol and water; then selling the mixture in water bottles for $10 each.

      They say cutting vodka with isopropyl alcohol is a common but risky bootlegging practice because isopropyl alcohol is used largely as a solvent in such products as rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer, and is not safe to drink. .
       Authorities say 15 bottles of the mixture were found in a closet at an undisclosed Pine Ridge Reservation home, and that a warrant has been requested for bootlegging charges.


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