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Lee County Moonshine Bust

October 19, 2017

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Taylor Thornberg - (804) 213-4723
Email: taylor.thornberg@abc.virginia.gov

Collaborative effort between Virginia ABC and Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission results in moonshine bust

A collaborative enforcement effort between the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission is expected to result in multiple felony and misdemeanor indictments for a man caught selling moonshine in Virginia and Tennessee.

After a four-month investigation, ABC special agents obtained a warrant to search the residence of Winston Delano Terry, 73, of the 700 block of Flatwoods Road in Jonesville. On Friday, Oct. 13, with assistance from the Virginia State Police, special agents seized 67 gallons of moonshine, 22 firearms and a 2011 Kia Soul vehicle from Terry’s home.

“The bust was the direct result of information supplied by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Enforcement Section,” said ABC Special Agent in Charge Steve Baffuto. “Our undercover operatives made numerous buys during the past several months, culminating in the enforcement activity.”

Pending discussions with the commonwealth’s attorney, several criminal charges are expected.

Virginia ABC Chief Operating Officer Travis Hill complimented Baffuto and his team, saying “This successful law enforcement operation is an excellent example of collaborative policing and the results it can obtain for public safety.”

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.9 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 368 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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 marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.


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