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Sheriff: SC pair arrested in NC sold moonshine on Facebook

Posted August 9

North Carolina authorities have arrested a South Carolina pair who they say sold moonshine through Facebook. Photo via Bladen County Sheriff's Office

— North Carolina authorities have arrested a South Carolina pair who they say sold moonshine through Facebook.

WECT-TV reported Tuesday that Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker says 20-year-old Dillen Wright and 26-year-old Kaytee Lauren Nielson of Aynor, South Carolina, were arrested after a joint investigation with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

McVicker says an alcohol law enforcement agent reached out following complaints that two people were selling moonshine on the social networking site. Undercover agents set up a meeting in Clarkton, and McVicker says the pair delivered eight quarts of various flavors of moonshine, leading to their arrest.

Both face multiple charges and have each been released on $15,000 bond. It's unclear if they have lawyers.

“This operation was one of cooperation between states and local agencies to help stop an operation that was crossing state lines,” McVicker said in a news release. “We could not have done this without the assistance of ALE. I am glad we have a good working relationship and glad we were able to shut these folks down. It never ceases to amaze me how people use social media sites like Facebook to carry on their criminal activity. This time it was a big mistake on their part.

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  • Steve Clayton Aug 9, 5:09 p.m.
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    Eight whole quarts!! WOW I wonder what it cost to bust Bonnie & Clyde in this operation. Plus two agencies from different states.

  • Michael Thompson Aug 9, 4:01 p.m.
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    Wow. I feel so much safer now.

  • Terry Green Aug 9, 2:54 p.m.
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    "Just some good ol boys, never meaning..." Oh wrong story. :-)

  • Frank Curcio Aug 9, 9:20 a.m.
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    Don't dare step on the state's monopoly!