Two arrested for bootlegging in Indy

Photo courtesy Indiana State Excise Police Department
Photo courtesy Indiana State Excise Police Department

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE)  Indiana State Excise Police officers arrested two men after searching a home for evidence of illegal alcohol sales on the east side of Indianapolis Sunday evening.

Police spent three weeks investigating after they received a tip that alcohol beverages were being illegally sold at 865 North Gladstone Ave. After acquiring a warrant, police searched the house around 5 p.m. and arrested the two men after they found 142- 12 ounce cans of beer and 18-375 milliliter bottles of various types of liquor.

Keith Webb, 51, of Indianapolis was preliminarily charged on two counts of sale of alcohol without a permit and two counts of sale of alcohol when prohibited. According to Indiana law, the sale of alcohol is illegal on Sundays.

Freddie Ballard, 53, of Indianapolis was arrested and preliminary charged on two counts of maintaining a location used for the illegal sale of alcohol and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.

While searching the house, police also found documents and paperwork related to unlawful alcohol sales.

Indiana State Police ERT troopers assisted excise officers with the execution of the search warrant.

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