Agents uncover moonshine still

Published 3:31 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Agents with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board seized approximately 135 gallons of illegal moonshine whiskey from an abandoned shack in Lowndes County Thursday.

According to ABC Enforcement Captain Hal Taylor, the shack was located approximately 40 yards from the active still site, which was destroyed during the investigation.

The illegal alcohol has an approximate street value of $4,050, or $30 per gallon.

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Taylor said this is the second still seized and destroyed from the same location in the last year.

Taylor said moonshine is not only illegal, it is dangerous for those who consume it.

“Moonshine is a public health issue,” Taylor said. “Although not as prevalent as in years past, moonshine trafficking continues to be an issue that our agents deal with on a fairly routine basis. It is made in very unsanitary conditions and people who drink moonshine are taking a big chance. Lead and other impurities are commonly found in moonshine. Persons who drink moonshine are at risk for significant health problems.”

Taylor said ABC agents have discovered dead animals such as rodents, raccoons, and opossums in mash barrels. No arrests have been made in the case. Taylor said the investigation is ongoing.