Drink Your Way To Freedom
As a rule of thumb, it’s not a good idea to transport liquor without a license. It’s even a worse idea to attempt crossing a national border with nearly 700 gallons of black market booze. One Swedish gentleman tried to do just that. Not surprisingly, he got busted. Border guards noted he was hauling 600 gallons of beer, 42 gallons of cocktails, 3 gallons of wine, and 4 gallons of spirits. Needless to say, he was immediately arrested for smuggling.
This is where it gets interesting. Instead of sending him to the pokey, a Swedish court just sent him home with his freedom, and all his booze. His winning defense? He claimed he was an epic drunkard, and that the booze — the equivalent of 22 barrels — was for his personal consumption. The court ruled that it was plausible that the booze was intended for him and his family, and therefore not illegal. That’s about 12 pints a day –every day– for a year.
We wish the unnamed gentleman the best of luck to him, his family, and their livers.