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Chesapeake man charged in VA-NC moonshine investigation
13News ^ | 18 May 2009 | 13News

Posted on 06/19/2009 8:49:21 AM PDT by BGHater

CHESAPEAKE – A Chesapeake man is among four people charged in an eight-month moonshine investigation in North Carolina and Virginia.

Larry Donnell Parker, 57, of Tournament Drive, faces 12 charges of sale of alcoholic beverages without a license, possessing and transporting untaxed whiskey and maintaining a common nuisance.

Virginia ABC agents say they seized one vehicle and 72 containers of untaxed whiskey when they arrested Parker last Thursday.

They say he would sell the containers for $45 each.

At the same time in Northampton County, NC, three people were arrested on 11 charges total, including the manufacture and distribution of non-tax paid spirituous liquor (moonshine) from North Carolina into Virginia.

N.C. special agents say they seized and destroyed liquor distilleries and distillery parts, $1,900 in currency, vehicles, several gallons of moonshine, and ingredients used in the manufacturing process of moonshine at a site in Johnson County.

North Carolina officials haven’t released the names of those arrested in their state.

Parker is free on his own recognizance, Virginia ABC officials told WVEC.com.

NC ALE Special Agent in Charge Pat Forbis says there's been an increase in cases involving the manufacturing and distribution of non-tax paid spirituous liquor in Eastern N.C. He attributes it to the profitability of this type of business, especially during these economic times.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alcohol; moonshine; northcarolina; virginia; whiskey
'Larry Donnell Parker, 57, of Tournament Drive, faces 12 charges of sale of alcoholic beverages without a license, possessing and transporting untaxed whiskey and maintaining a common nuisance.'

Sorry brother, Gov't gotta get theirs.

1 posted on 06/19/2009 8:49:23 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

It’s all about the revenue and Uncle Sam’s cut of the profits.


2 posted on 06/19/2009 8:50:50 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I feel safer already...


3 posted on 06/19/2009 8:51:32 AM PDT by vivalaoink
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To: BGHater

Can’t blame the guy. He obviously has moonshine in his blood.


4 posted on 06/19/2009 8:51:48 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BGHater

I feel so much safer now!


5 posted on 06/19/2009 8:51:52 AM PDT by Species8472
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To: BGHater

Oh well.

So much for the party at MY house, this weekend.


6 posted on 06/19/2009 8:52:18 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

Party?

I’m gonna need some pretty hard stuff for the next 4 yrs.


7 posted on 06/19/2009 8:53:20 AM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater

I’m wondering, just how profitable this is? Are taxes that much?


8 posted on 06/19/2009 8:53:35 AM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

My sister and I both graduated from colleges in Virginia. When I graduated, I was given a diploma and a bible. When my sister graduated college, she was given a diploma and a bottle of moonshine. My dad often wonders which of us was better prepared for post-college life.


9 posted on 06/19/2009 8:54:03 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed...)
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To: BGHater

I have never understood why, if these guys make a good product, don’t they just pay the d@mn taxes, get a license, and be done with it.


10 posted on 06/19/2009 8:54:14 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Enough about me, let's talk about you...what do you think of me?")
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I never understood why you would need a license, and just pay the ‘taxes’ at the end of the year.


11 posted on 06/19/2009 8:57:03 AM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BipolarBob

Yes.


12 posted on 06/19/2009 8:58:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

It’s not just the taxes. It’s licensing fees and over-regulation by our friends at ABC and BATFE.

Plus, many people STILL consider the distilling of one’s own spirits a fundamental individual right. And you can’t put a price on that.


13 posted on 06/19/2009 9:01:03 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: BGHater

8 months of investigation. They probably spent several hundred thousand dollars trying to get a $45 product.


14 posted on 06/19/2009 9:01:08 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

The “entry fee” for paying taxes on making hard liquor are quite steep IIRC. Doesn’t sound like these guys were making enough to pay the initial tax.

Pity there isn’t a “personal use” exemption like for other fermented fluids. That would take a lot out of the crime incentive.


15 posted on 06/19/2009 9:02:05 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
I have never understood why, if these guys make a good product, don’t they just pay the d@mn taxes, get a license, and be done with it.

Because some people don't want the government interfering with or stealing what the good Lord and nature provides in the way of fermentable products.

Jesus's first recorded miracle was making wine for a wedding. Bet he didn't pay taxes, either.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/19/2009 9:02:11 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: BipolarBob

Yes, very profitable. That’s why it’s been an issue all the way back to the Whiskey Rebellion.


17 posted on 06/19/2009 9:02:12 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: BGHater

THAT would be reasonable. But when has the BATFE EVER been reasonable.


18 posted on 06/19/2009 9:02:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: BGHater

VA entreprenuership (sp) at it’s best! Sic semper tyrannis....


19 posted on 06/19/2009 9:03:44 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: VA_Gentleman

I grew up surrounded by a bunch of old moonshiners. They had some good stories to tell.


20 posted on 06/19/2009 9:03:55 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: BGHater

In the Commonwealth of Virginia (and in North Carolina as well) hard liquor can only be sold at state-run ABC stores. There are no private liquor stores in either state. The state has a complete monopoly on anything harder than wine.

}:-)4


21 posted on 06/19/2009 9:04:14 AM PDT by Moose4 (Hey RNC. Don't move toward the middle. MOVE THE MIDDLE TOWARD YOU.)
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To: VA_Gentleman

So which college is it that gives a bottle of shine with their diplomas?

It’s not Ferrum by any chance, is it? They do host one heck of a blue grass festival there.


22 posted on 06/19/2009 9:04:24 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: caver

Yup.


23 posted on 06/19/2009 9:04:49 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: BGHater

Oops, forgot...that’s if you’re talking about buying it by the bottle. You can get booze by the drink in bars and restaurants, of course, but buying bottles can only be done in state package stores.

}:-)4


24 posted on 06/19/2009 9:05:00 AM PDT by Moose4 (Hey RNC. Don't move toward the middle. MOVE THE MIDDLE TOWARD YOU.)
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To: Moose4
but buying bottles can only be done LEGALLY in state package stores.

;^)

25 posted on 06/19/2009 9:06:49 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: BGHater

Let me tell the story
I can tell it all,
About the mountain boy
Who ran illegal alcohol . . .


26 posted on 06/19/2009 9:07:04 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Uh, Mr. President, did you lose your contact lense OR ARE YOU PRAYING?)
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To: VA_Gentleman
I can remember when the Virginia Gentleman distillery was in Reston and a friend's father would give us a gallon jug of clear liquid to drink for the weekend.
27 posted on 06/19/2009 9:08:57 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: BGHater
Moonshine Legend Popcorn Sutton Heads to the Big Still in the Sky

March 20, 2009

To some he was the very stereotype of the cartoon hillbilly, to others he was an outlaw bootlegger, but to anyone who met him, he was just "Popcorn."

Born 62 years ago, Marvin Sutton received the nickname "Popcorn," after smashing a popcorn machine with a pool cue during a bar fight. Always dressed with his blue jean bibbed overalls, flannel shirt, and long dirty brown beard, he looked like something straight out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. He lived his entire life in his beloved Appalachian Mountains.

At a young age he tinkered with stills, trying to get his moonshine just right. When he got good at it, he started making the contraptions for others.

He became an American Icon doing interviews with the History Channel and Johnny Knoxville from MTV Jackass fame. Popcorn even penned a book entitled "Me and My Likker."Popcorn had been arrested a number of times through the years for bootlegging, last time in early 2008 with 800 gallons of moonshine and a few firearms. He had expressed to family and friends that if he was convicted, he felt he could not handle jail time.

Sutton had slept in the same room as the casket he was to be buried in. He told friends, it was solid white oak, cost him $5500.00, and inside it contained a set of plastic flowers, and the shovel that would be used to dig the grave.

He was sentenced to 18 months in a medium security prison, and had received the letter saying so last Monday. Sutton was found dead in his car, Tennessee authorities have said they suspected suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Popcorn hand wrote a note saying he wished to be buried next to his mother and father.

There was one final bit of instruction. He wished to use the headstone that he had bought some years back. The epitaph read "Popcorn said F@@@ You."

Popcorn Sutton

28 posted on 06/19/2009 9:10:51 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Moose4

The same thing is true for Pennsylvania-—no private package stores.


29 posted on 06/19/2009 9:10:51 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: WayneS

You sir are correct. My sister went to Ferrum in Franklin County, “moonshine capital of the world.”


30 posted on 06/19/2009 9:34:08 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed...)
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To: VA_Gentleman

In lived in Floyd County for a couple years when I was in graduate school at Virginia Tech.

At that time Floyd was #2 in Virginia in moonshine production, behind only Franklin County, and #1 in the Commonwealth in marijuana production.

It was an interesting place to live.


31 posted on 06/19/2009 9:48:39 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Madame Dufarge

I had not heard of his demise. That is a shame.

RIP.


32 posted on 06/19/2009 9:51:15 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Foe entertainment purposes only, have any good recipes? I’ve heard, but don’t know, that a water distiller can do the same thing.


33 posted on 06/19/2009 10:15:26 AM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: BipolarBob

Actually, I do...but don’t tell the revenooers. :)

Just do a google search and you can actually find some excellent recipes and plans for stills. It’s not illegal to have these, but to just make the shine.


34 posted on 06/19/2009 10:20:37 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
Let me tell the story
I can tell it all,
About the mountain boy
Who ran illegal alcohol . . .

Ah yes, "Thunder Road". I think I'll watch it tonight.

35 posted on 06/19/2009 10:24:44 AM PDT by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet)
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To: BGHater
How odd that these entrepreneurs could not get a FedGov subsidy for their BioFuel experiments.

I guess they need to add a PhD or two and a grant writer to the staff.....

36 posted on 06/19/2009 10:51:19 AM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: Moose4; Virginia Ridgerunner; matginzac; WayneS; caver; VA_Gentleman
And of course there is this:

http://www.virginiamoonshine.com/vaLightning.html

And this:

http://www.moonshinersjamboree.com/

37 posted on 06/19/2009 3:03:25 PM PDT by angkor
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To: angkor

That stuff is distilled about 10 miles from my house.


38 posted on 06/23/2009 5:34:14 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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