Moonshine Operation Broken Up in East Texas

Two stills confiscated in Smith County

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    Two stills are now in the possession of officials in Smith County.

    Investigators say an alleged moonshine operation has been broken up in rural East Texas.

    Smith County authorities on Wednesday confiscated two stills at a site near the town of New Chapel Hill and questioned a property owner. Authorities seized about 50 gallons of suspected homemade alcohol, propane tanks and glass containers.

    Constable Dennis Taylor says a pint jar of moonshine sells for about $100.

    The Smith County Sheriff's Office did not immediately provide further information Thursday on any charges against the property owner.

    The investigation began four months ago when a teenager was found passed out on the side of a road after allegedly drinking moonshine. Authorities say a tip led to some property where the stills were discovered.

    New Chapel is located 100 miles southeast of Dallas.