Mac Gipson

William E. Thigpen
Assistant Administrator

Robert W. "Bubba" Lee
Board Chairman

Samuetta H. Drew
Board Member

Michael Ingram, MD
Board Member

May 14, 2014

ABC Agents Find and Destroy Illegal Barbour County Still

May 14, 2014



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT: Dean R. Argo

                                                                                               (334) 213-6330



ABC 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.



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