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Sheriff’s department confiscates moonshine still

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, following up on a tip Thursday evening, confiscated a homemade moonshine still.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said that the sheriff’s department received a tip Wednesday about possible drug activity in the Hughey community.

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“Yesterday morning (Thursday) drug investigators checked the area and found probable cause to get a search warrant for the residence on Hughey Road,” the sheriff said.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the search warrant was executed.

“After making entry to the house, there was a room built on to a singlewide trailer that contained an operating moonshine still,” the sheriff stated.

The still was not working at the time of the search warrant, but all the components, including the mash were present, he explained.

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“We’ve busted everything else, but this is the first in my career,” the sheriff stated.

Two gallons of finished product were found in the refrigerator, and other materials were disposed of.

“The still will be destroyed when the judge issues an order to destruct,” said Blackwelder.

Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) agents were called to the scene, as well.

“They will be issuing warrants on behalf of the state ABC,” the sheriff said.

Arrested at the scene was David Paul Beatovic, 52, of 217 Hughey Road. He was charged with felony possession of firearms. He was released from jail on $18,000 bond.

“If people could see the conditions under which illegal whiskey was made, they’d probably be more careful about what they drink,” the sheriff said.