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Liquor Enforcers Pounce on Catholic Store for Wine Sales

June 27, 1989

DETROIT (AP) _ Selling communion wine to the public has gotten a bookstore owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in trouble with state liquor agents.

A Liquor Control Commission investigator seized a case of sacramental wine after the Detroit Catholic Bookstore sold it to him Friday, manager Dennis Klotz said.

″I was kind of shocked by the whole thing,″ Klotz said. ″I was not out to break the law. ... It’s not like I was selling it out the back door.″

The manager said he began selling 11 varieties of wine to the public in May and was unaware his wholesale liquor license was insufficient to do it.

Commission spokesman Elwood Webb said the case could lead to penalties ranging from a warning to revocation of the store’s wholesale liquor license.

A hearing will be held within six months, Webb said.

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