After a two-week-long investigation, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) special agents, with the assistance of the Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police, executed search warrants Oct. 7 at three residences in Haysi, and seized 20 gallons of untaxed alcohol, three stills, live mash, an estimated $24,000 worth of marijuana and three firearms.
Three Blankenship Lane residents, Randall Hackney, Scotty Hackney and Ronald Hackney, are expected to face multiple charges pending further consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The Virginia State Police Southwest Drug Task Force seized the marijuana and will handle appropriate charges.
The investigation was sparked when Breaks Interstate Park Police discovered several gallons of untaxed alcohol in a remote location of the park. Breaks police contacted the ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement and asked the agency to take the lead on the investigation. Probable cause led investigating officers to obtain search warrants at two residences on Blankenship Lane. Evidence at those locations led special agents to obtain a third warrant for another residence on the same road.
Criminal charges for possession of untaxed alcohol, transportation of untaxed alcohol, manufacturing untaxed alcohol, possession of distilling apparatuses and manufacturing marijuana are expected.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Special Agents Conduct Moonshine Bust at Three Residences in Dickenson County