Agents find moonshine still, illegal drugs at Dickson Co. home - WKRN News 2

Agents find moonshine still, illegal drugs at Dickson County home


Agents for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission recently discovered a moonshine still and other illegal drugs at a Dickson County home last month.

The buyer of the moonshine equipment is a man who lives in Dickson County. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, is said to have purchased the equipment for $750 from a Mississippi eBay seller.

In late July, local Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents executed a search warrant of the Dickson County home where two stills, including the one purchased online, as well as Mason jars full of a liquid believed to be moonshine were discovered.

"It's apparent to us he was definitely selling the moonshine," Special Agent Matt Larkins said, adding, "There can be heavy metal content in this alcohol that he is selling or giving away."

Investigators also found an elaborate grow room in a converted shed that was equipped with its own water supply at the Dickson County home.

Authorities confiscated 20 marijuana plants, as well as discovered five fire arms and ammo.

"It's very dangerous,"Larkins said. "[There's the] potential for heavy metal content and they run the risk of blowing themselves up."

Authorities said they believe a recent rise of moonshine operations in Middle Tennessee is due in part to how they are portrayed in the media, including television shows and movies that romanticize the product and the lifestyle.

"That is what we believe. Everyone is trying to make their own," Larkins said.

The Dickson County man has not been taken into custody. His case will be presented to a grand jury in the near future.

Possession of a still or non-tax paid moonshine is a misdemeanor in Tennessee and a felony in Mississippi.

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