Special agents with the Virginia ABC arrested a 76-year-old for running moonshine, a man allegedly part of a ring making illegal liquor in North Carolina.
Vernon Thomas, 76, of Chesterfield, and Bernard Davis, 64, of Chase City, were nabbed in Mecklenburg County in separate takedowns. Thomas was caught on Interstate 85 at the intersection of Route 58 in South Hill. Davis was arrested on Route 58 in Boydton.
Agents seized 150 gallons of untaxed distilled spirits, $510 in U.S. currency, a Chevrolet truck and Chevrolet cargo van. The arrests happened April 21 around 5:30 a.m., after a three-month investigation.
According to the ABC, Thomas lives on the 7900 block of Southford Terrace in Chesterfield. The 76-year-old could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The suspects were charged with illegally transporting alcoholic beverages and possession of untaxed distilled spirits. Each charge is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2500.
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