Nov. 14, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A Flushing man was busted for transporting more than $36,000 worth of alcohol in his car–without a permit–in Massachusetts Saturday.
Jia Chen, 36, was driving with a load of booze in his black Chevrolet Suburban on Route 495 in Berlin on Nov. 9 when a state trooper pulled him over for dangerously changing lanes at 7:30 p.m., Massachusetts state police said.
The trooper opened the car doors and found boxes of alcohol piled up the the roof of the Suburban. Dozens of boxes of Jack Daniels, Jameson, Bacardi, Ketel One and more filled the whole back of the car.
It’s illegal to transport more than three gallons of liquor without a permit in the state. Chen had no such permit and his vehicle’s floor was altered and reinforced to hold heavy loads, cops said.
Those transporting large amounts of alcohol often buy the booze in states with low liquor taxes and illegally resell it without licenses or permits in other states, the police added.
Chen was arrested and charged with unlawful transport of liquor and two traffic violations. His bail was set at $240 and the liquor was confiscated, the troopers said.