Illegal booze ends up at landfill

Illegal booze ends up at landfill

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful met several Albany police officers at the landfill Friday, where they poured out seized alcohol and then recycled hundreds of pounds of glass, cans and plastic.

Bottle by bottle and can by can, police and volunteers poured out liquor, beer, and soft drinks. It was all seized when the Albany gang unit executed a search warrant at John Anderson's home earlier this week.

Anderson was charged with running a gambling house and an illegal liquor house. "It sends a message to people that want to do something illegal that we're going to catch you and we're going to dispose of all your products," said Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Director Judy Bowles.

Bowles was at the forefront of that message, as police threw out hundreds of pounds of alcohol and crushed these cans for recycling.

"The good out of it is that we've emptied all of the alcohol out and we're recycling the containers," said Bowles.

"We want to show the community that we are environment friendly by pouring out the liquid and then recycling the packaging that it was in," said Albany Police Public Information Officer Phyllis Whitley-Banks.

Today's recycling event also shares a message with the general public.. encouraging people to re-use materials.

"All of us as citizens should be aware that recycling is something we should be doing every day," said Bowles.

John Anderson remains in the Dougherty County jail facing a slew of charges including running an illegal liquor and gambling house.

He has no bond at this time.

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