Goodnews Bay alcohol shipment intercepted

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003

BETHEL (AP) The village public safety officer for Goodnews Bay intercepted an illegal shipment of alcohol, according to Alaska State Troopers in Bethel.

The shipment was intercepted last week at the airport where three boxes and a cooler were seized.

One of the boxes was leaking and had the odor of alcohol, troopers said. The boxes were shipped from St. Louis and were addressed to 34-year-old Michael Gorton, the owner of the Goodnews River Lodge, troopers said.

The boxes were searched and contained 36 bottles of wine and 36 bottles of beer. A subsequent search of the lodge on Thursday turned up 25 boxes of wine and several bottles of alcohol.

Troopers said charges of importing alcohol and possessing alcohol for sale without a license would be forwarded to the district attorney's office. Both charges are felonies.

Goodnews Bay residents voted in 1983 to ban the sale and importation of alcoholic beverages. Possession of alcohol was banned in 1991.

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