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Prohibition - Tug Crew and Ship Officers Face Liquor...
Tug Crew and Ship Officers Face Liquor Importation Charges Although charges of. unlawfully importing and assisting in importation of intoxicating liquor contrary to the new tariff act been filed yesterday afternoon before United States Commissioner G. Dibrell against two steamship and.four towboat men, customs officials continued to maintain strict silence regarding the alleged interception at Pier 10 early Friday morning of a consignment of ·which was reputed to be coming ashore in a tug from the board steamer Invincible. The six men, who are charged jointly, all had made bond sum of $500 yesterday afternoon, and an examining hearing will held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock by Commissioner Dibrell. T£«s tus was boarded about I o'clock Friday morning by officers, according to available reports, just as she was about after returning from a trip to -the steamship. As the presence customs officers became known It is alleged that the men aboard tug began 'to throw several packages into the water. Customs however, managed to seize one of the packages, according to information from authentic sources, and it was found to contain six liquor. Slip I With tie coming of daylight, the help of the United States coast'guard was obtained and grappling operations operations were started a.t Pier 10 to recover recover the packages, which had been thrown into the water. Six packages, packages, containing thirty-six bottles of liquor, were recovered, it was learned. Despite the fact that customs officers officers were working on the case all day Friday, the story was suppressed suppressed and did not become known until yesterday. Even with the filing filing of charges against the six men, customs officials would not talk, but It was intimated that the investigation investigation had not yet been concluded. It was impossible to learn what further action was contemplated..if any. According to available reports, the tug went to the steamship in response to a call that thore were come packages aboard the vessel to be brought ashore. Such service is often extended to vessels by towing companies, according to steamship men. When the tug went alongside, the packages ,»jere lowered down from the vessertb the tug by someone on deck and the tug started back. Just as she grazed the dock customs inspectors sprang aboard. It was reported that about twelve cases of liquor, tied up In packages of six bottles each, had been low-, ered down from the steamer. lucre o» · Tip. : According: to authentic information, information, customs officials had been watching Pier 10 on a tip that liquor,was to be brought ashore the towboat route. It was stated that they even knew the -name of the vessel from which it was to come. The master of the steamship told officers that he was at home at time and knew nothing cf the ence. The third mate of the vessel is said to have made an appearance at Pier 10 while customs officers, were there.

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 08 Jul 1923, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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