Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) destroyed a 50-gallon moonshine still near Rocky Mount Monday evening.
Acting on a citizen's tip, special agents conducted a "knock and talk" at a residence on Davis Mill Road, according to Kathleen Shaw with ABC in Richmond.
The 49-year-old homeowner gave verbal and written consent for the agents to search his property, she said.
In addition to the 50-gallon copper still, agents seized 300 gallons of live mash, more than 40 gallons of untaxed liquor and numerous other pieces of distilling equipment and supplies.
ABC agents destroyed the operational still on site, she said.
The illegal operation, which had been under surveillance for approximately six months, is alleged to have been selling moonshine to underage customers, she said.
After further investigation, evidence for a charge of manufacturing illegal alcohol (Class 6 felony) will be presented to a Franklin County grand jury, Shaw said.
A Class 6 felony is punishable with one to five years in jail, or jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500, either or both.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office assisted in Monday's bust.