published Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Alabama woman arrested in connection with moonshine operation

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    Items seized from an illegal moonshining operation in Jackson County, Ala.

An Alabama woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with a illegal moonshining operation, a Jackson County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office news release reports.

Joenell Craig, 46, was charged with possession of illegally manufactured alcoholic beverages, officials said, but the investigation is continuing and at least one other arrest is expected.

On Wednesday, members of the sheriff’s office and the Alabama Beverage Control went to a residence off Alabama Highway 65 in Estillfork, Ala.

They found about 44 gallons of illegal moonshine and seized it as well as several items commonly used to make moonshine, officials said.

This is the second reported incident in the region this week of moonshining operations. On Tuesday, a moonshine operation was found in McMinn County, Tenn.

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GeorgiaRebel said...

Those moonshiners are a terrible threat to society. They don't pay protection money (I mean taxes) to the government. We can have enterprising people making a product people want without the government getting their cut of the action.

October 13, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.
Humphrey said...

I'm telling you that AIN"T moonshine, it is homemade fortified wine. That pile couldn't distill whiskey, and moonshine is whiskey. Homemade wine is homemade wine.

October 13, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.

And the nation wonders why we are financially distraught!

Dear Law Inforcement,

Get your heads out of your arses and do something worthy of the paycheck we the people are footing. Moonshine? Really? My bet is the same county is over ridden with Pill and Meth problems but driving out to a shanty and loading up several drums is a lot easier than taking on real crimes.

Enjoy the stiff drinks officers.

October 13, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Watch the excellent PBS series: "Prohibition," a stunning and fascinating documentary by Ken Burns.
What does freedom mean if we can't make our own 'shine, and decide for ourselves what we will and won't put into our own bodies?

October 13, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.
rolando said...

The Internet is loaded [pun intended] with good info. Google "homemade still".

[No, I haven't built one or tried one. Possession of one is a serious crime [Sam doesn't get his tax.] I find Gentleman Jack to be acceptable, but expensive.]

Federal law -- the one Tennessee follows -- allows 100 gallons of homemade wine per adult, total of 200 gallons per year per household for personal/family use. DO NOT SELL, EVER. Uncle Sam does not like to lose his blood money [sin tax].

Note: Tennessee law allows its counties/cities to determine home made wine/beer. Counties, etc can make stricter laws -- McMinn, for instance, is a dry county.

October 14, 2011 at 8:02 a.m.
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