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A Thousand Thirsty Beaches$
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Lisa Lindquist Dorr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643274

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643274.001.0001

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Booze Cops in Cuba

Booze Cops in Cuba

(p.87) Chapter Three Booze Cops in Cuba
A Thousand Thirsty Beaches

Lisa Lindquist Dorr

University of North Carolina Press

While the United States established anti-smuggling treaties with many countries, and a “Rum Treaty” with Cuba, it was a small band of undercover agents in Havana who stopped the liquor traffic out of Havana, but only temporarily. Led by American Henry Kime with the help of Commander Charles S. Root of the Coast Guard Intelligence Division, these agents determined how smugglers obtained forged customs documents, and convinced Cuban Customs authorities to prevent the departure from port of suspected rum runners. It was only a temporary victory. Bureaucratic inefficiency and confusion among federal agencies involved in Prohibition enforcement, and Cuban frustration with failure of U.S. enforcement efforts overall, eventually allowed the liquor traffic to resume.

Keywords:   Smuggling Treaties, Rum Treaty, U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Division, Charles S. Root, Henry Kime

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