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ALE agents seize 929 gallons of moonshine

Posted October 9, 2009

— State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents seized 929 gallons of moonshine Wednesday and arrested a Wilkesboro man, authorities said Friday.

Roger Lee Nance, of 1117 Shew Ridge Mission Road, was charged with possession of non-tax paid liquor, possession of non-tax-paid liquor for the purpose of selling, and possession of equipment and ingredients intended for the use in the manufacture of an alcoholic beverage.

“This is one of the biggest seizures of white liquor I’ve seen come out of the mountains in my career,” ALE Director John Ledford said in statement.

The arrest follows a two-month investigation by ALE agents, assisted by the state Highway Patrol. In addition to the liquor, large amounts of sugar and other items were seized during a search of Nance's property, authorities said.


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  • unc70 Oct 9, 2009

    If you don't know the critical role played by Wilkes County moonshine, past and present, in NC and its economy, politics, folklore, and folk heroes, you should and learn about the real Thunder Road.

    The amount seized is so small that this was probably just a prototype operation for research under the NASCAR Alternative Fuel Initiative.

  • 2muchdrama4me Oct 9, 2009

    DANG...what a waste! That's some good stuff!!!!!!

  • Journey985 Oct 9, 2009

    What you all DON'T know is that origianlly it was 950 gallons!! And now the ALE boys are in for a great weekend!! LOL.

  • whateveryousay Oct 9, 2009

    Well, now we HAVE to drink beer for football this weekend.

  • odell Oct 9, 2009

    The party has been moved to the police station.

  • fishon Oct 9, 2009

    yep try to escape the tax man and they will come and get ya

    Unless you are tax cheats Tim Geitner or Charlie Rangel!

  • 2thebeach Oct 9, 2009

    No more cigarette factories, yankees in NASCAR, and now this!

  • Jeremiah Oct 9, 2009

    that's too bad

  • purrcard Oct 9, 2009

    I was making alternative fuel for my vehicles which is not against the law; let me show you how it burns, I keeps engines cleaner than using gasoline. It is already unleaded no process needed and healthy for the environment (hick cup).

  • BruiserB Oct 9, 2009


    Only if you're the common man. If you're a politician or celebrity you can get away with it.

    Man, I could use some good hooch!!!