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Roy Olmstead

Born: Sep 18, 1886

Death: Apr 30, 1966

Birthplace: Beaver City

Nationality: United States

Roy Olmstead

Date of Birth : Sep 18, 1886
Date of Death : Apr 30, 1966
Birth Place : Beaver City

Roy Olmstead was one of the most successful and best-known bootleggers in the Pacific Northwest region during American Prohibition. A former lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department, he began to bootleg part-time while still on the force. Following his arrest for that crime, he lost his job in law enforcement and turned to illegally importing and distributing alcohol from Canada as a full-time and highly profitable occupation. Eventually, wiretaps of his phones provided sufficient evidence for his arrest and prosecution, despite an appeal that reached the Supreme Court regarding the legality of the wiretap.

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