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Moonshine still bust in Franklin County

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Moonshine still bust, courtesy Virginia ABC Moonshine still bust, courtesy Virginia ABC

Virginia ABC agents say they've made a moonshine bust in Franklin County.

The bust was the result of a nine-month long investigation.

Agents found two, 800 gallon black-pot stills in operation in the eastern part of Franklin County.  Along with the stills, agents say they found:

  • 1,600 gallons of mash
  • 182 gallons of untaxed liquor
  • Liquor making supplies

Investigators arrested 54-year-old Ricky Nelson Matherly, of Penhook in connection with the case.  He's charged with:

  • Felony illegal manufacture of bottling of alcohol
  • Misdemeanor possession of untaxed alcoholic beverages

The Virginia ABC says additional charges are pending, due to a search at Matherly's home that found a small amount of marijuana.

Matherly has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

If convicted, Matherly faces up to six years in jail (combined), and-or a fine.

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