Bootlegging in Texas

Police in Tyler, Texas, are aggressively arresting bootleggers in that dry town. It’s easy to be guilty of bootlegging in Texas. Police report that possessing more than 24 cans of 12 ounce beers or over one quart of distilled spirits (whiskey, vodka, tequila, etc.) is prima facie evidence of the intent to sell alcohol -- that is, it’s evidence of bootlegging. With prima facie evidence, no other evidence is necessary to convict.

Thus, possessing a single case plus one more beer or over one quart of liquor would be grounds for arrest. Forget about having a party or stocking up on your next trip to a wet county if you want to avoid a $2,000 fine, six months in jail, and a criminal record.


  • Bootlegging in Tyler. KLTV-7 (Tyler, Texas), February 6, 2006.

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