Mac Gipson

William E. Thigpen
Assistant Administrator

Robert W. "Bubba" Lee
Board Chairman

Samuetta H. Drew
Board Member

Michael Ingram, MD
Board Member

June 27, 2014

ABC Agents Find Moonshine in Barbour County, Marijuana in Clarke County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT: Dean R. Argo

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ABC Agents Find Moonshine in Barbour County,
Marijuana in Clarke County


              Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board this week discovered and destroyed two separate illegal moonshine stills near Eufaula in Barbour County and a number of marijuana plants near the Alabama River in rural Clarke County.  

ABC Agents assigned to the Moonshine Task Force located the stills hidden in a wooded location along Rocky Mount Church Road, about ten miles northeast of Eufaula. Agents, acting on tips from area residents, found the first still Wednesday afternoon. The cooker was empty, but agents believe the still was operational and ready to be used. The second still was found along the same stretch of road about a half-mile away from the first still. Agents recovered a cooker and three large buckets containing about 15 gallons of moonshine.  Several empty sugar bags were also found. Even though no 55-gallon barrels were on site, the smaller cookers are considered a “four-barrel” still, capable of producing 28 to 30 gallons of moonshine every three to five days.

Earlier in the week, Moonshine Task Force members found and destroyed 16 marijuana plants in a wooded area near the Chance Community in Clarke County. While investigating a tip about a possible still location, agents found the pot growing among pine trees and bushes.

Although no arrests were made at either location in Barbour County or in Clarke County, agents have identified several suspects and are continuing their investigation.

              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. Anyone with any information about these or any other illegal activities is encouraged to call the ABC Board Hotline at 1-800-327-7341. Cash awards are available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


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