Columbus Woman Busted for Bootlegging

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  A Columbus woman faces charges after police say she was busted for operating a bootleg house on the city's south side.

Fifty-seven-year-old Victoria Earl faces state charges and city ordinance violations for dealing alcohol without a license.

Officials say she was operating out of an apartment on Wade Street in South Columbus, between Benning Drive and Fort Benning Road, in an area commonly referred to as "The Hole."

Police were called to the area early Sunday for a fire and a patrol officer noticed some cases of alcohol near the apartment. The VICE Squad was called in to investigate further.

According to police, they found 700 cans of beer and 22 bottles of liquor in the unit and little cups they believe were being used to sell drinks. They say the unit did not have any furniture and they believe it was being used specifically for the bootleg business.

Officers say they also witnessed Earl making the illegal sales on Sunday.

Police say they also found marijuana and a gun in her purse.

She is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Earl is out of jail on bond.