Bust Nets ALE $11,000 In Moonshine & Still

Thousands of dollars worth of moonshine and a stainless steel still, that's what state ALE agents say they discovered in Whitakers in Nash County last week.

Two brothers, Herman and Joseph Wood have been charged with unlawful possession of equipment or ingredients to make spirituous liquor, unlawfully manufacturing spirituous liquor and willful and unlawful possession of non-taxpaid spirituous liquor.

ALE agents say smoke coming from a barn on an unusually hot day was a good tip off that something illegal was brewing. Inside they found 460 full quart glass mason jars of moonshine, worth $11,000.

They say the Wood brothers were involved in a large scale illegal alcohol operation, with the moonshine being made from watermelons, strawberries, apples, pears and plums. ALE says the brothers allegedly grew and prepared all the fruit on their property on Red Oak Road.


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  • by mooky Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    To the ALE officers......GREAT JOB!!!!!! This is a trend that most people dont know about it statrs like this...ALCOHOL THEN MARIJUANA THEN COCAINE THEN CRACK COCAINE THEN HERION THEN METH. When you loose your job because one of these impairing drugs and yes people alcohol is a drug, then we as citizens become the victims of these people. When theses addicts need their impairing drugs and the only way to get is to break into your house while you are working then guess what people you now become the VICTIM!!! These guys that produced the HOOCH were probably good ole country boys that didnt mean no harm. But what if it got into the hands of the wrong people. I will close with this... GREAT JOB GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by bosephus t. judge Location: whitelightningville usa on Nov 11, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    i have to agree with 'dave' he is a true american who speaks the truth! right on my man! WHITE LIGHTNING
  • by S Location: Raleigh on Nov 11, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    They are ALE officers.. it's THEIR job! get over it! alteast the officers are out there working instead of letting the government take care of them!
  • by rich on Nov 11, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    ok,meth thats a bust...but freaking moonshine.....this is crap
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    So what?? Is this honestly all our law enforcement officers have to do?? Give me a break, go fight some real crime!! Leave these dangerous moonshine makers alone!
  • by S Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    With all the horrible criminals who hurt people in that area of the State, why in the world does law enforcement bother with these guys whose only crime is making hooch.....And if the government could tax it to death like everything else,it wouldn't be illegal....Good luck guys,but please next time,have the good sense not to burn wood on a hot day...not too smart!
  • by greenelady on Nov 11, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    They were just "going green", growing their own fruit and brewing their own spirits. Tax them and leave them alone.
  • by CDawg on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    But think of all the folks this keeps in s job. They got $11000 worth of shine.....All the time investigating and setup of the "sting", they spent at least $11000. The DA, judge, police, ALE, SBI, jail guards all got house payments too!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Skeeter! Hide the brew!!! Its dang illegal!!!
  • by RT Location: Gvegas on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    This is all about the Tax dollar. If the gubment can't collect a tax on it then they make it illegal. remember to only brew when it's cold boys.
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