Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) located two active stills and witnessed a man in the process of manufacturing illegal whiskey in Roanoke County on Friday, Jan. 27.
James Ricky Lyle, 61, was apprehended by ABC special agents in the 2000 block of Sunnyvale Street Friday morning. Indictments will be sought at the next meeting of the Roanoke County grand jury. The manufacture of illegal whiskey is a Class 6 felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, or up to12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine, either or both.
ABC agents seized two active copper stills, one 75-gallon still and one 50-gallon still. In addition, agents seized the following:
Agents also found approximately 200 gallons of illegal liquor including brandy, corn whiskey, and a sugar-based whiskey with fruit added. The bust was the result of an ongoing investigation that began 18 months ago.
ABC Agents Apprehend Man for Manufacture of Illegal Whiskey in Roanoke County