A large moonshine operation was discovered in Cocke County as officers investigated a pot patch found near Highway 160 and Highway 321. (Photo: Tennessee Dept. of Safety)
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee deputy investigating a report of gunfire stumbled upon an unusual find: a working moonshine still.
The still was discovered this week on the porch of a house just outside Cleveland, Tenn. Inside Deputy Doug Boucher found three glass jugs of what appeared to be illegal moonshine, copper tubing and two 10-gallon containers of fermenting corn mash.
Sheriff Jim Ruth told the Cleveland Daily Banner that it had been a long time since his department had found a still. The last moonshine bust he recalled occurred in the 1970s.
The case has been turned over to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and charges are expected.
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