Pubdate: Tue, 16 Apr 2002
Source: Dispatch, The (NC)
Copyright: 2002, The Lexington Dispatch
Author: James Everhart


Editor: Just heard on the TV that the street sweep on drugs and dope was 
working. What a laugh. That is just a good advertisement for the business. 
If there was not a good market for it on any particular street the market 
is still there. They might apprehend the ones selling it, but since there 
is a good market, new dealers will come right in since there is a good 
market for it in that particular area.

It used to be the same way with bootleg legumes. They would catch the ones 
making and selling it. Everyone would get the news and know just where they 
could get a fruit jar. It just kept going around and what goes around comes 
back around. The suppliers would have their old T model Ford souped up. It 
would probably make 50 miles an hour on a good dirt road. If it did not 
kick up enough dirt to slow down the sheriff they would have a small pipe 
running to the hot exhaust pipe and would run some crude oil on it. It 
would create such a fog of smoke the sheriff would have to give up the 
chase. Boy those were the good old days.

Wilkes County was the main producer and supplier back in Prohibition era of 

Anyway we know where to get home brew or sugarhead liquor.

Those souped-up cars to out run the officers were the beginning of the 
great car racing sports of today that made Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty 
and a lot of other people famous, creating one of the greatest businesses 
of today.

James Everhart

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