Moonshine Operation Broken Up in East Texas

Two stills confiscated in Smith County

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 AM CDT
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Moonshine Operation Broken Up in East Texas

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

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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.

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