Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board Thursday afternoon discovered a well-hidden moonshine still near the city of Ashland in Clay County. A suspect was observed near the still and an arrest is pending.
ABC Agents assigned to the Moonshine Task Force located the 20-barrel still concealed in a utility shed on property located down a dirt drive, a short distance from Jericho Road. Agents, investigating a tip from a local resident about a possible marijuana field in the area, smelled the unmistakable odor of mash. Agents observed a suspect arriving on the property and waited for him to leave his vehicle. The suspect was in possession of moonshine paraphernalia and, after questioning, agents determined he was on the property to operate the still.
Task Force members, assisted by Clay County Sheriff’s deputies, recovered and dismantled the still cooker and seized 16.5 gallons of moonshine – 11.5 gallons of clear spirits and five gallons of charred. The suspect will be allowed to turn himself in to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office next week. He will be charged with one count of possession of a still and one count of possession of illegal moonshine.
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.