Skip to comments.Chesapeake man charged in VA-NC moonshine investigation
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 havent 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.
Sorry brother, Gov't gotta get theirs.
It’s all about the revenue and Uncle Sam’s cut of the profits.
I feel safer already...
Can’t blame the guy. He obviously has moonshine in his blood.
I feel so much safer now!
So much for the party at MY house, this weekend.
I’m gonna need some pretty hard stuff for the next 4 yrs.
I’m wondering, just how profitable this is? Are taxes that much?
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.
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.
I never understood why you would need a license, and just pay the ‘taxes’ at the end of the year.
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.
8 months of investigation. They probably spent several hundred thousand dollars trying to get a $45 product.
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.
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.
Yes, very profitable. That’s why it’s been an issue all the way back to the Whiskey Rebellion.
THAT would be reasonable. But when has the BATFE EVER been reasonable.
VA entreprenuership (sp) at it’s best! Sic semper tyrannis....
I grew up surrounded by a bunch of old moonshiners. They had some good stories to tell.
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.
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.
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.
Let me tell the story
I can tell it all,
About the mountain boy
Who ran illegal alcohol . . .
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."
The same thing is true for Pennsylvania-—no private package stores.
You sir are correct. My sister went to Ferrum in Franklin County, “moonshine capital of the world.”
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.
I had not heard of his demise. That is a shame.
Foe entertainment purposes only, have any good recipes? I’ve heard, but don’t know, that a water distiller can do the same thing.
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.
Ah yes, "Thunder Road". I think I'll watch it tonight.
I guess they need to add a PhD or two and a grant writer to the staff.....
That stuff is distilled about 10 miles from my house.