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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Five county men arrested in moonshine investigation
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Courtesy Photo: A Moneta man is charged with possession of untaxed liquor after ABC agents raided his residence on Oakpark Drive last week. Michael Cundiff faces the one misdemeanor charge after agents found this moonshine.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Five Franklin County men were arrested last week during moonshine and narcotics raids conducted by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) special agents.

Michael Steven Cundiff, 59, of Moneta is charged with misdemeanor possession of untaxed liquor.

Ronnie Manning, 50, of Glade Hill is charged with misdemeanor possession of untaxed liquor.

Joshua Wayne Manning, 26, of Glade Hill is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Jeremy Manning, 23, of Glade Hill is charged with misdemeanor possession of untaxed liquor and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Russell Wesley Pugh, 59, of Boones Mill is charged with felony manufacture of marijuana with intent to distribute.

After several months of investigation, ABC agents and Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigators raided residences on Oakpark Drive in Moneta, Tobacco Road in Glade Hill and Dogwood Hill Road in Boones Mill last week, according to Valerie Hubbard with ABC.

Agents seized more than 20 gallons of moonshine and small amounts of marijuana.

During last week's operation, agents received a tip that led them to another location on Nina's Way in Wirtz, where they seized 150 gallons of moonshine and a small amount of narcotics, Hubbard said. The liquor was discovered behind a false wall in an outbuilding on the property. Criminal charges are pending further investigation.

Pugh was released on $2,500 bond. The others were released on their own recognizance.

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