IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dean
Agents Find and Destroy Illegal Barbour County Still
Agents of the
Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board late yesterday afternoon located and destroyed
an illegal moonshine still near the Midway Community in Barbour County. On
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, agents found and razed an 18-barrel still, capable of
producing illegal liquor.
The still was
found in a wooded area off of Frost Marlow Road in the Midway Community, about
five miles from Eufaula. Agents destroyed the homemade still and confiscated
bags of sugar and other paraphernalia. No arrests were made and no finished
alcohol was seized; however, the still was operational and had recently been used.
The agents are part of the ABC
Board’s Moonshine Task Force that investigates tips, develops leads, and are
skilled in tracking and following trails that are often associated with this
type of illegal operation. The Moonshine Task Force was formed in October, 2013
by ABC Administrator Mac Gipson. Since its inception, the Task Force has
destroyed 17 stills and 230 barrels of mash. Annual production of the barrels
is 75,192 gallons of moonshine, which is sold for an average price of $30 per
gallon, generating gross annual sales of $2,255,760.00. The cost to operate the
stills annually is $601,536.00 which would leave a net profit of $1,654,224.00.
Agents have seized more than 470 gallons of
moonshine with a street value of approximately $14,100.
Anyone with any information about
this Barbour County still or any other illegal activity is encouraged to call
the ABC Board Hotline at 1-800-327-7341.