ABC Agents bust still in Hope Hull area
Published 4:55 pm Thursday, August 7, 2014
By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board discovered and destroyed an illegal moonshine still near the capitol city in the Hope Hull area of Montgomery County on Wednesday.
“ABC Agents assigned to the Moonshine Task Force located the still hidden in an old shed behind an abandoned residence, located on School Spur Road in the Hope Hull community about 15 miles from Montgomery,” said Dean R. Argo, government relations manager of the Alabama ABC Board.
He said agents, acting on an anonymous tip, found the still Wednesday afternoon. “Once on the property, agents smelled the unmistakable odor of sour mash and noticed items near the shed that are common to moonshine still operations.” Argo said. “A search warrant was obtained and executed. Upon entering the shed, agents found an active seven-barrel whiskey still.”
He said a suspect is being sought in this case, but investigation is on-going.
Agents assigned to the ABC Board’s Moonshine Task Force are responsible for investigating tips, developing leads, and are skilled in tracking and following trails that are often associated with this type of illegal operation, Argo said. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the ABC Board Hotline at 1-800-327-7341.
Cash awards are available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.