San Diego

San Diego has a number of interesting stories from the Prohibition era.

  • In 1924, a local prohibition agent was arrested and charged with battery. Apparently someone had insulted him while he was arresting someone for possessing alcohol.

  • Alcohol came into California via many routes during Prohibition, including planes, as illustrated by a 1924 story about the arrest of a pilot near San Diego for smuggling liquor.

  • Arrests like these did little to stop the flow of liquor coming into the state, however. A 1927 story about San Diego in the Los Angeles Times talks of the corruption of several border agents and their laxity concerning liquor crossing the border.



Sources:

NEW CHARGES IN LIQUOR ROW, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Apr 14, 1927; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 1986), pg. A1

NEWS OF SOUTHERN COUNTIES,Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Sep 9, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 1986), pg. 12

WARRANT FOLLOWS FIST BOUT, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); May 3, 1924; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 1986), pg. A8