This photograph showing stacks of Mason jars filled with illegal homemade liquor was taken after N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agents seized 929 gallons of moonshine this week in Wilkesboro, officials say.
Wilkes County man Roger Lee Nance was charged with possession of non-tax paid liquor, possession of non-tax paid liquor for the purpose of sale and possession of equipment and ingredients intended for the use in the manufacture of an alcoholic beverage, according to a state news release.
“This is one of the biggest seizures of white liquor I’ve seen come out of the mountains in my career,” ALE Director John Ledford said.
The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety spokesperson who sent Paper Trail the photo also forwarded a statement saying the arrest follows a two-month investigation by ALE agents with assistance from the State Highway Patrol.
Deputies from the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing the search warrant Wednesday, the statement says. In addition to the liquor, large amounts of sugar and other items were seized during a search of the property.
Jule Hubbard of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot newspaper adds these details:
"The moonshine was mostly in glass quart jars, but part of it was in 20-liter plastic containers, he said. Most of the jars of non-tax paid liquor also contained peaches, strawberries or other fruit, [ALE agent Bobby] Crumpler added.
This adds flavor to the illegal product. He said the moonshine was found stacked in the trailer from a tractor-trailer truck. The trailer, which was locked, was beside a garage near Nance's residence, said Crumpler.
The illegal liquor still or stills that produced the moonshine wasn't located, he added. Crumpler said 344 five-pound bags and 101 50-pound bags of sugar were seized, as well as a box of powder Kool-Aid mix. He said a GMC pickup, two copper condensers, and 864 empty one-quart glass jars were also seized."
- Doug Miller