Moonshine arrest nets lots of liquor

Oct. 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Alcohol enforcement officers say they arrested an alleged moonshiner near North Wilkesboro, N.C., in one of the largest liquor seizures in recent memory.

Roger Lee Nance, 63, was charged Wednesday with possession of non-tax paid liquor, possession of the liquor for the purpose of selling, and possession of equipment and ingredients intended for the use in the manufacture of an alcoholic beverage, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent Bobby Crumpler said.

He told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot officers found 929 gallons of moonshine with an estimated street value of $32,500, based on an estimate of $35 per gallon. Most of the moonshine was in glass quart jars and had peaches, strawberries or other fruit for flavoring. Other liquor was in 20-liter plastic containers.

Nance had been under investigation for about two months before the arrest. He was issued citations for the offenses and police continue to investigate.

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