After Al Capone’s conviction for tax evasion, his former subordinate Charlie Cordinato moved to Seattle and quickly started to establish his own crime family.

Charlie Coho, as he came to be known, evaded the blockade of Seattle harbor by using poorly-guarded Canadian land borders to slip past the authorities. During the summer of the 1932 Northwest Fish Riots, Coho and his “Chum Runners” ran as many as 100 panel vans a day of inferior Canadian fish into the Northwest states, each labeled Genuine Columbian.

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