After receiving information from a local law enforcement task force, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) special agents seized three stills, 31 firearms and more than 65 gallons of moonshine at a private residence in Scottsville today.
Doby Shifflett, 49, of Albevanna Spring Road, was charged with manufacturing distilled spirits without a license, a Class 6 felony, and unlawfully selling illegal alcohol while carrying a dangerous weapon, also a Class 6 felony. He was also charged with possession of untaxed alcohol and an illegal distilling apparatus, both Class 1 misdemeanors.
Various materials used in the manufacture of distilled spirits were also seized.
Shifflett was booked at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail and released on a $1,000 secured bond.
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 351 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 Seize Moonshine Stills in Southern Albemarle County