BCSO busts moonshine operation
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 31, 2012 | 4551 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bradley County deputy came up on an unusual discovery earlier this week after he responded to an area in East Cleveland.

“It’s been a while since we busted up a still,” said Sheriff Jim Ruth.

Deputy Doug Boucher was dispatched to the area where shots were reportedly fired.

As he rolled up to a home on 15th Street, Boucher noticed several people at the address. All appeared to have been consuming alcohol and when questioned regarding the gunshots, individuals reportedly admitted to firing weapons.

Boucher asked the homeowner if law enforcement could inspect the weapons allegedly fired.

The homeowner invited Boucher into his house and led him to a bedroom where the deputy noticed suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, the weapons and two 5-gallon glass jugs and another 1-gallon jug which was filled with a clear liquid, according to his report.

He told the deputy it was “‘Everclear’ with flavoring” inside the jug.

Everclear is an unflavored distilled beverage.

According to the report, several pieces of copper tubing and stainless steel implements were located.

As Boucher continued his investigation, he walked to a porch at the rear of the house and found an alleged moonshine still.

Further investigation revealed two 10-gallon containers of fermenting corn mash, according to Boucher.

Alcohol Beverage Commission agent Kim Boleyn responded to the scene.

During a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Boleyn said investigation into the alleged still operation is continuing.

Ruth said the last moonshine still bust he could recall in Bradley County was in the 1970s.