Indianapolis men arrested on bootlegging charges after selling cans of beer from a house on a Sunday

An anonymous tip led police to a residence where the two men were arrested on bootlegging charges.

(Flickr / Quinn Dombrowski)

Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

Two Indianapolis men thought they could skirt Indiana’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales by selling almost 150 cans of Natural Ice beer out of a house.

Now both are facing bootlegging charges thanks to an anonymous tipster who alerted police to their operation.

Indiana State Excise Police served a search warrant on the home in the 800 block of North Gladstone Avenue in Indianapolis around 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, after receiving an anonymous tip, according to an excise police news release.

Officers seized 142 12-ounce cans of Natural Ice beer and 18 375-milliliter bottles (or 18 half bottles) of assorted liquors, documents and paperwork related to sales of alcohol at the residence and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Keith Webb, 51, was arrested on two preliminary counts of sale of alcohol without a permit and two preliminary counts of sale of alcohol when prohibited (Sunday).

Freddie Ballard, 53, was arrested on two preliminary counts of maintaining a location used for the unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, a Level 6 felony.

Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team troopers assisted excise officers with the execution of the search warrant.


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