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Agents Bust Still in Montgomery County, Find Marijuana in Clay County
of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board this week discovered and
destroyed an illegal moonshine still near the capitol city in Montgomery County
and more than 100 marijuana plants in rural Clay County.
assigned to the Moonshine Task Force located the still hidden in an old shed
behind an abandoned residence, located on School Spur Road in the Hope Hull
community, about 15 miles from Montgomery. Agents, acting on an anonymous tip,
found the still Wednesday afternoon. Once on the property, Agents smelled the
unmistakable odor of sour mash and noticed items near the shed that are common
to moonshine still operations. A search warrant was obtained and executed. Upon
entering the shed, Agents found an active
seven-barrel whiskey still. A suspect is being sought in this case. The
investigation is on-going.
On Tuesday of
this week, a
pilot with the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Aviation Unit spotted
marijuana growing in a Clay County field, just north of Lineville. Members
of the Moonshine Task Force, DPS’s ERAD Unit and Clay County Sheriff’s Office
located and destroyed 113 marijuana plants, ranging in size from three feet to
more than 13 feet. There are no suspects at this time. Depending on where the
marijuana is spotted and the size of the field, members of the ERAD team often
locate and cut immediately.
assigned to the ABC Board’s Moonshine Task Force are responsible for
investigating tips, developing leads, and are skilled in tracking and following
trails that are often associated with this type of illegal operation. Anyone
with any information about either of these or any other illegal activity 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.