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An active moonshine distillery found in Moss Point

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An old fashioned moonshine distillery is not something you stumble upon every day, but on Martin Street in Moss Point a city employee accidentally discovered just that.

Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis said, "The building official was out looking at some properties in Moss Point, reviewing the flood plan requirements FEMA has established, and when he came to this particular location he detected the odor of I guess you could say moonshine."

Davis said the call came as a big shock to him.

"I was surprised yesterday when I received the call which prompted me to personally come out here and see for myself that it was actually being said. In fact when I contacted ABC there was a lot of excitement there to come out and take a look at it," Davis said.

Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control sent agents to the scene. The agent in Charge, Bryan Alexander, told WLOX News they destroyed a 55 gallon barrel of corn, rye and mash, confiscated a travel trailer and dismantled the distillery at the home.

Davis said, "It is a felony in this state to possess the integral parts to manufacture moonshine so we anticipate to make at least one arrest potentially other arrests too."

When we went to the house Saturday two people were at the home, but neither of them were Amos Perkins. The man who police believe owned the trailer.

"We do believe he has lived here in the past, we have information he is no longer living here, he recently moved out," Davis said.

At this point in the investigation they do not know if the moonshine was being made to sell. Possession of an illegal distillery carries a sentence of up to three years in jail for a first offense.

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