Middle Tennessee Man charged in Jack Daniel's sales says he is a bottle collector

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man who has been indicted on charges of illegally possessing up to $1 million worth of Jack Daniel's whiskey claims he is a collector who was trying to sell the vintage bottles they came in, not the spirits.

Randy Piper of Goodlettsville was indicted on four counts related to the illegal possession, sale, transportation and storage of the liquor.

Officials seized 2,400 bottles last October after receiving a tip that someone was selling alcohol without a license. They raided two warehouses owned by Piper and a home in Lynchburg where the famous Tennessee sipping whiskey is distilled.

The value of the seized liquor has possibly been driven up by the value of the antique bottles.

Piper told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has been collecting Jack Daniel's bottles for about six years.

Piper's attorney, Raymond Fraley Jr. of Fayetteville, said his client was singled out for selling one bottle for approximately $350 and charged with illegally possessing all the others.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Gerald Location: tennessee on May 14, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    What happened to our rights to won property?
  • by Darrell Location: usa on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    This is a terrible waste of tax payers money..With all the meth labs in the state,they focus on one man who is a collector and want to take away what he collected with his own money and time.Its a sad day when the gov. walks in and steals whats rightfully yours so they can turn around and sell the bottles at auction,make money off him doing all the hard work in finding these rare bottles and keep the really old bottles for their own little "historic" collection for the state.Basically doing the same thing he is accused of...These bottles are rare and sold for their collectible worth not sold for consumption of their contents.The fact that you have an old bottle that has never been opened in mint condition is what makes it valuable..how else can you find an old bottle if you collect than from another collector,you cant go into a store and order one..This is just the ABC trying to justify federal funding and look like they are doing their job.Drop the charges,give him his collection back!


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