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300 gallons of mash seized from Warren Co. still

Posted December 30, 2008 4:33 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:11 p.m. EDT

— Warren County deputies and Alcohol Law Enforcement agents seized at least 300 gallons of mash Tuesday and smashed the still that made it.

Authorities said they had the site, in a wooded area near Culpepper Road in the town of Manson, under surveillance for two weeks.

The still's alleged operator, Dennis Johnson, 49, 656 Burchette Road, Manson, has been charged twice within the past 13 months – Sept. 15, 2007 and June 11 – with misdemeanor unlawful manufacturing of alcoholic beverages. Those cases are pending.

Johnson now faces a third charge, which is a felony. His whereabouts, however, were unknown Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies and ALE agents destroyed the still, as well as seven barrels of mash, described by authorities as a sweet beer that eventually gets heated and processed into moonshine, or corn liquor.

Investigators said they are trying to determine how many customers Johnson might have had.