Texas Authorities Break Up Rural Moonshine Operation

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A man checks on the temperature of self-made alcohol, also called 'moonshine', in his house. (credit: Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW CHAPEL HILL (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Investigators say an alleged moonshine operation has been broken up in rural East Texas.

Smith County authorities on Wednesday confiscated two stills at a site near the town of New Chapel Hill and questioned a property owner.

Authorities seized about 50 gallons of suspected homemade alcohol, often referred to as “white lightning”, propane tanks and glass containers.

Constable Dennis Taylor says a pint jar of moonshine sells for about $100.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately provide further information Thursday on any charges against the property owner.

The investigation began four months ago when a teenager was found passed out on the side of a road after allegedly drinking moonshine.

Authorities say a tip led to some property where the stills were discovered.

Officials warn that making moonshine can be very dangerous, since the product is not only highly flammable but can easily be contaminated.

New Chapel is located 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

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One Comment

  1. Joe says:

    $100 a pint? That stuff sure has gone up in price since I was a kid and bought some. I used to ride in rodeos and started out riding in high school rodeos around Texas. Whenever we would pull in to a little town in East Texas the first person who would come up to talk to us would usually be the local bootlegger.

  2. LibertyLover says:

    The only actual crime here is that they were shut down. Quite obviously liberty is just a word thrown around at election time.

    1. Dennis Teel says:

      it’s against the law stupid!

  3. slick says:

    $100 a pint and peopl are worried about gas prices

  4. davidwr says:

    You can make basically the same stuff legally. Just get a license and call yourself a micro-brewery.

  5. Pablo Cervantes says:

    Actually, I think you can legally only make beer and unfortified wines at home. Spirituous liquors are pretty much a no-no. Still, how could there be a market for ‘shine at $100 a pint?

  6. texasangel1948 says:

    shine on….giggles

  7. Howard Gottlieb says:

    So Texas really isn’t business friendly, huh?

    Howard Gottlieb

  8. Ted In Boyd says:

    There has to be a mistake there… Why would you risk buying illegal moonshine at $100 a pint when you can get legal pure safe Everclear at $30 a liter?

    1. SG says:

      Great point. Must have added a zero by mistake…

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