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9/11/2008

     

A moonshine still in North Carolina, found this week after authorities arrested a man transporting the illegal liquor through Unicoi County, was confiscated and dismantled.

The Madison County still used wooden barrels and a 250-gallon metal drum to heat the product.

“A lot of people had memories of [the moonshine] era as being good,” says Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris, “but today, when I see that still, I see the filthiness of it.”

Harris’ grandfather, a sheriff himself, told of moonshine drinkers “crippled and blinded”, Harris tells WEMB, from ingesting alcohol not regulated by health officials. Death sometimes resulted from drinking contaminated moonshine.

“We even saw rats running out of the still,” Harris says.

Arvin Guffey, 65, of South Carolina was charged with transportation of untaxed alcohol in Unicoi County, receiving and possession of untaxed alcohol, and several traffic violations. Guffey, who had no previous criminal record and who passed a field sobriety test at the time of his arrest, is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Court October 23. Two men, Vernon Tipton and James D. Cutshaw, were later arrested on related charges stemming from this incident.

Authorities report that the moonshine was headed to a flea market in South Carolina.


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