Sheriff says deputies seize first moonshine still in decades in Kershaw Co.

Published: Sep. 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM EDT
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Source: KCSO
Source: KCSO

LUGOFF, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies plan to charge a Lugoff man after they say they found an illegal moonshine still at his home. Deputies say it's the first liquor still seized in the county in decades.

William Leonard Branham, 59, known as Joe, will be charged with possession of a working distillery for the purpose of manufacturing prohibited alcoholic liquors.

Deputies went to Branham's home on Barlow Drive Wednesday afternoon to check out a tip they received that he was operating a still there. Deputies say they saw Branham carry items associated with the making of liquor into an outbuilding and smelled an aroma of mash.

As deputies looked through an open door of the building, Branham invited them inside the building where the still was seen.

Branham gave deputies consent to search his property.

Investigators say they found ingredients used to make moonshine and 48 bottles of what they suspect to be flavored moonshine. They say they found a notebook containing names of suspected customers.

Branham told deputies he made about 13 gallons of liquor a month and sold it for about $20 a quart.

Branham has no previous arrests. If convicted, he could get up to six months in jail and a minimum fine of $600.

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