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ALE agents bust fruity moonshine operation

Posted November 10, 2009

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— Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement broke up an illegal liquor operation in Nash County last week and seized 460 quart-sized mason jars of moonshine, authorities said Tuesday.

Brothers Herman Paul Wood, of 11522 Red Oak Road, and Joseph Adam Wood, of 11498 Red Oak Road, have been charged with unlawful possession of equipment or ingredients intended for the use of manufactured spirituous liquor, unlawfully manufacturing spirituous liquor without first obtaining an ABC permit and revenue license and the willful and unlawful possession of non-tax-paid spirituous liquor.

ALE agents received a tip that liquor was being produced illegally in Whitakers, and they used undercover teams, surveillance and other sources of information to locate where moonshine was being stored and distributed. Smoke coming from a barn on an unusually hot October day then tipped agents off to the location of the distillery.

The illegal liquor was made from watermelons, strawberries, apples, pears and plums. Investigators said they believe the Wood brothers grew and prepared all the fruit on their property in Nash County.

The street value of the moonshine seized was estimated at $11,000.


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  • Hammerhead Nov 11, 2009

    So, did anybody see the still in the paper yesterday that these guys were using? No thanks.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 10, 2009

    Why does everything always draw out the "THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO HURT OUR KIDS" mania? Is drinking alcohol by adults inherently evil and/or a plot to hurt children? Who would let a child have this stuff, legal or not? Get a grip....I'm old enough, I can drink if I choose to!

  • MMeadows Nov 10, 2009

    Its not fruity once its distilled! Fruit and juices are added later, but IMO that's all adulterant, usually added to mask something else. I don't think that many kids get their hands on this stuff, ma'am or sir, its just far too potent and rare.

  • oldrebel Nov 10, 2009

    Just shows the only difference bewtween criminals and respected business people is that lil piece of legislation eclaing what one does is a crime and the other is an activity to be taxed and allowed to prosper.

  • SweetB Nov 10, 2009

    Bummer!!!! Yeah...good times, go after the REAL criminals!!! legalize Moonshining :)

  • wildcat Nov 10, 2009

    Why the fruity taste I wonder? To draw the younger kids?

  • larieke Nov 10, 2009

    The charges against the Brothers Wood will likely be dropped though once they explain that they had received federal stimulus money and were working on a new bio-fuel.

  • bluetarheel21 Nov 10, 2009

    Guess this means no party this weekend! :-(

  • nashville Nov 10, 2009

    I bet they made a better profit than the state run ABC board.

  • iron fist Nov 10, 2009

    I wonder how many quarts got lost in the raid. Some happy ALE agents or hung over agents.