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Virginia ABC Investigations in Franklin County

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The following is a news release from VirginiaDepartment of Alcoholic Beverage Control:

VirginiaDepartment of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) special agents wrapped upseveral months-long investigations into moonshine and narcotics operations inFranklin County last week with five arrests and leads into more illegalactivity launching a new investigation.

With assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff'sOffice, ABC agents concluded three separate moonshine investigations in anenforcement roundup that included the seizure of more than 20 gallons ofuntaxed liquor and small amounts of marijuana and the following arrests latelast week:

  • Russell WesleyPugh, 59, of Boones Mill with felony manufacture of marijuana with the intentto distribute. Pugh was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.
  • Ronnie Manning,50, (misdemeanor possession of untaxed liquor), Joshua Wayne Manning, 26, (misdemeanorpossession of marijuana) and Jeremy Manning, 23, (misdemeanor possession ofuntaxed liquor and misdemeanor possession of marijuana), all of the Glade Hill area of Franklin County. All were released ontheir signatures.
  • Michael StevenCundiff, 59, of Moneta area of Franklin County, withmisdemeanor possession of untaxed liquor. Cundiff was released on his signature.

Duringthe course of the enforcement efforts late last week, ABC agents received a tipthat led them to another location where they executed a consent search and seizedapproximately 150 gallons of untaxed liquor and a small amount of a controlledsubstance/narcotics. The alcohol was discovered behind a false wall in anoutbuilding on John Wesley St. Clair's property on Nina's Way in the Wirtz areaof Franklin County. Criminal charges are expected.

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