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.