Authorities bust moonshine operation in Noxubee Co.

(Photo source: Mississippi Tax Commission)
(Photo source: Mississippi Tax Commission)

By WLOX Staff

MERIDIAN, MS (WLOX) - A Noxubee County man faces up to ten years in prison for allegedly making moonshine.

A six month investigation led Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to arrest Elbert  "Al" Williams, 69, on June 15. He was charged with Possession of an Illegal Whiskey Still.

The arrest resulted in the seizure of a 10-barrel illegal distillery that consisted of a 500-gallon cooker, a radiator condenser, 82 gallons of moonshine whiskey and other related items.   A 1994 Toyota Camry and $452 cash were also seized in the arrest.

Williams has a previous conviction in Lauderdale County on two counts of Sale of Marijuana, and another conviction for Possession of an Illegal Distillery.

This case will be presented to the Noxubee County Grand Jury. Possession of an illegal still is a felony. Because this is Williams second offense, if convicted he could face a minimum of 5 years and maximum of 10 years in prison.

Williams was released on a $15,000 bond late Monday afternoon.

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