ABC agents bust alleged shot house, arrest 1 in Decatur
By Seth Burkett
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Beverage control agents and police raided a shot house in Decatur and arrested an alleged bootlegger Thursday night, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said.
ABC Lt. Leslie Woodall said agents conducted a monthlong investigation into Willie Harris and his 308 Sixth Ave. N.W. home.
When they raided the residence Thursday, about 14 people were on the property, Woodall said.
"The evidence is there," Agent Steven Ziaja said of the clear plastic trash bags filled with empty beer cans found piled behind the house.
Ziaja said agents found 70 12-ounce cans of beer, one 16-ounce beer, two bottles of whiskey and three bottles of gin inside.
Ziaja said Harris charged $1.50 for a shot or a beer.
"At these shot houses, they'll take a larger bottle and sell it by the shot," Ziaja said. "People that don't want to go to the store or who don't have cars and don't want to walk can just get it there from the bootlegger."
Agents charged Harris with selling alcohol without obtaining a liquor license, a misdemeanor.
"Everybody has the opportunity to see if they can get a license for their establishment. He never applied," Ziaja said.
"We had complaints on it (Harris' place) before. It was a nuisance to the community and we shut it down because of those complaints," he said. "There are possibly others that we're going to take action on."
Ziaja said anyone who suspects illegal liquor sales in their neighborhood should call the ABC at (256)-726-0401.
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