March 30, 1944

Illinois Crack Down on Black Market
DANVILLE, Ill.—A report from the Treasury Department released last night indicated whiskey consumption increased from January to February. Consumption in January was a record low. However, the usage in February of 4,510,000 gallons remained below that of any month in 1943. In a crackdown on black market whiskey, seven persons were indicted here yesterday on federal charges of violations of Office of Price Administration (OPA) regulations. Specifically, the individuals were indicted on thirteen counts of allegedly selling whiskey above the ceiling price set by the OPA. The incidents took place in Cairo, Illinois. Prosecutors claim the individuals netted over $50,000 in excess profit from the illegal sales.

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