John Robinson charged. Blue Ribbon Oil Bldg Winnipeg

John Robinson charged. Old Gordon Ironside Building. Still operation hidden in building shared by Blue Ribbon Oil company.

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John Robinson charged. Blue Ribbon Oil Bldg Winnipeg - PACE ALLEGED OWNER OF SEIZED STILL TO STAND...
PACE ALLEGED OWNER OF SEIZED STILL TO STAND TRIAL John Robinson, who u arrested at the old Cordon, Ironside Co. building, Dec. 8, a few hours after R.C.M.P. had raided the biggest still ever found In western Canada, was committed by Magistrate T. J. Murray in provincial police court Wednesday afternoon to stand trial at the next assizes on a charge of possessing the stllL He was released on ball of $2,000, In two sureties of $1,000 each, with his own recognizance for $2,000. Several other charges have been laid agslnst hialncluding possession of 700 gallons of spirits and 30,000 gallons of wash, and setting up the still. Sergeant M. F. E. Anthony, RC M.P, described the still as the best equipped he had seen in Western 'Canada, It was equal In capacity and facilities to some licensed stills. The wash, fermenting in huge vats, had been prepared at separate times to prepare for a continuous run, and the plant could have turned out 600 gallons of liquor a day. Some of the alcohol on hand was of high quality, having been double distilled. The plant also was equipped with a rectifier. The partitions which divided the distilling plant from the premises occupied by the Blue Ribbon Oil Co. had been built for some time, and must have been put in after the erection of the still, which appeared to have been In operation for at least a year. Constable Walter Sampson, who was left in charge of the plant after the raid, told of the arrest of Robinson. The constable took possession of the office. At about 8 a.m. a coupe drove up and Robinson got out He let himself into the office by a key which he carried. Constable Sampson detained him until officers could arrive from police headquarters to take Roblnton In custody. Secret passages and ladderi enabling those in the still plant to pass from floor to floor, or gain exit to the outside without going through the lower floor office, were described by Constable J. D. Fraser, one of the raiding party. At the conclusion of the crown's case, presented by S. Hart Green, K.C, a motion for dismissal was offered by M. D. Splvak, defense counsel, but Magistrate Murray said sufficient evidence had been presented to warrant committal. of 0

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  1. The Winnipeg Tribune,
  2. 25 Feb 1937, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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  • John Robinson charged. Blue Ribbon Oil Bldg Winnipeg — John Robinson charged. Old Gordon Ironside Building. Still operation hidden in building shared by Blue Ribbon Oil company.

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