Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) with assistance from the Southampton County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant and seized nearly 20 gallons of illegally distilled alcohol (moonshine) yesterday from a private residence on Tennessee Road in Drewryville.
The owner of the residence, Shelton "Buck" Harris, 77, was arrested after ABC agents responded to complaints pertaining to the illegal sale of alcohol in the home. Harris was charged with three counts of selling alcohol without a license, three counts of maintaining a common nuisance and four counts of the illegal possession of untaxed distilled spirits, all misdemeanor changes.
The undercover investigation began several months ago with a tip to the Southampton County Sheriff's Office, said Robert M. Brooks, Special Agent in Charge of ABC's Hampton Regional Office.
"ABC confidential informants purchased moonshine from Harris on several occasions leading up to the arrest," he said. "The moonshine sold for $45 per gallon."
According to agents, although cups were found in the shed where the transactions took place, there was no indication of a shot house. The ABC investigation centered on the purchase of moonshine.
Agents seized 17 full one-gallon plastic jugs, one partial jug and numerous mason jars of illegally distilled alcohol along with $366.60 and two shot guns.
The suspect did not manufacture the moonshine, and no still was found. The investigation on the source is continuing.
After being charged, Harris was released on his personal recognizance for a later appearance in Southampton County General District Court.
ABC Agents Seize 20 Gallons of Moonshine From a Southampton County Home