William V. Dwyer manufactured liquor in the U. S. He imported liquor from Canada, Cuba, Europe. He owned trucks, speedboats, 20 ships of foreign registry. He employed 800 men, a few women. He bribed Prohibition agents, put some of his own men into the Coast Guard service. In the two and a half years preceding January 1926, he had done a liquor business of some $50,000,000. Manhattan was the centre of his activities.

In July 1926, he was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Volstead Act, was sentenced to two years in Atlanta penitentiary. U. S. Circuit Court Judge Julian...

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