Saturday, July 13, 2013

Frayser Man Busted for Moonshine

Posted by on Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

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  • Shelby County Sheriff's Department

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department issued a press release on Saturday detailing the arrest of a Frayser man for "Possession of a Still and Transportation or Possession of more than three gallons of Unstamped Alcoholic Beverages," as well as other charges.

From the release: "When questioned, Charles Materna admitted he was making liquor in a shop in the back of the residence. He then took detectives to a garage and showed an apparatus designed to produce and distill liquor."

Full release below:

SCSO Makes Arrest in Liquor ‘Still’ Case

Shelby County Sheriff’s A.L.E.R.T. Detectives received information from an anonymous source that an individual was operating an illegal and untaxed liquor ‘still’ at an address on the 1100 block of Creston Ave. Detectives were also advised that the liquor was being transported to Arkansas for sale.

When questioned, Charles Materna admitted he was making liquor in a shop in the back of the residence. He then took detectives to a garage and showed an apparatus designed to produce and distill liquor. Also present were two plastic tubs that contained 30 gallons of ‘mash’, a cooker, coils, electric condensers, strainers, copper tubing and 10 gallons of finished ‘corn whiskey’ which was in pint size and half gallon jars. Additionally, detectives found one marijuana plant approximately 6ft. in height as well as (8) bars of Zanax.

A search of the residence found cash in the amount of over $9400.00.

Materna is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture/Deliver/Sell, Marijuana, Possession Controlled Substance with Intent to sell, Xanax, Possession of a Still and Transportation or Possession of more than three gallons of Unstamped Alcoholic Beverages.

SCSO Narcotics, Agents of the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission and SCSO Uniform Patrol also participated in this operation.

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