Pa. State Police busts people buying booze south of the border

It sounds like something from Prohibition days, but over the weekend, authorities cracked down on people buying liquor out of state and bringing it into Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania State Trooper Adam Reed says through an enforcement effort called Operation Border Patrol, three were arrested for bringing big quantities of liquor from Delaware.

“We cited three individuals with this detail for transporting large amounts of alcohol,” said Reed. “In these cases, we are talking over 100 bottles of wine and 300 bottles of beer, as well, in separate transactions, probably for Memorial Day parties.”

Reed says buying even one bottle of wine or six-pack of beer and driving into Pennsylvania is against the law.

“The fine starts at $25; it is a summary offense,” he said. “It also goes by the amount of volume of alcohol you are bringing back. I believe it goes by quart volume. The law dates back to 1934.”

He says violators caught multiple times could lose their vehicles.

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