SC man arrested, 2,000 gallons of moonshine seized

LANDRUM, S.C.  - Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies have arrested an Inman man after they found a moonshine still, up to 2,000 gallons of illegal liquor and $150,000.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says the arrest and seizure follows a 10-month undercover investigation of the operation in Landrum.

Forty-four-year-old Michael Eston Blackwell is charged with 13 counts for the sale, manufacture and storage of illegal liquor.

Master Deputy Craig Bradley says two other men have made arraignments to turn themselves in to deputies next week.

Officers also seized four vehicles.

Deputies say there were two dozen 55-gallon drums at the still.

The investigation started after narcotics officers received complaints about moonshine being sold at a roadside stand.

It wasn't clear if Blackwell has a lawyer.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/01/11 - 07:59 am
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i'm seriously tired of
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i'm seriously tired of reading about all thses vice crimes arrests. who cares if someone had weed or moonshine? start catching corruption in the people who are screwing us over. that's a crime report i'd read.
What's the status on david fry?

paulbaughman28
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paulbaughman28 07/01/11 - 08:36 am
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I really thought this was a

I really thought this was a non-issue nowadays.

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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 08:48 am
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Are you serious, a ten month

Are you serious, a ten month investigation? It is legal to make your own beer and wine. It's also legal to make a certain amount of liquor. Because this guy makes more than the limit, it's a major crime? Silly, silly.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 08:54 am
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BroadStNarrowMind. Yeppers,

BroadStNarrowMind. Yeppers, you got it. Know why you can't make your own whiskey? One reason....tax revenue. Law enforcement gets excited enough to have a ten month investigation in order to stop the loss of taxes? More people cheat on their income taxes in one year than all the moonshiners in history. Leave them good ole boys alone.

Sentinel
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Sentinel 07/01/11 - 09:05 am
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A road side stand? Like the

A road side stand? Like the kind kids make for lemonade? LOLOL!!!

RunningMan
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RunningMan 07/01/11 - 09:24 am
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Its illegal because of the

Its illegal because of the same reasons meth and weed making is illegal - because too many will simply abuse it. Not to mention all of the health issues involved. Forget the lost of tax revenue theory. Its amazing how many are willing to look the other way for some issues, and at the same time condemn other illegal acts.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/01/11 - 09:34 am
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good thing tobacco and legal
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good thing tobacco and legal alcohol don't get abused, and thank you for protcting us, wise government. jail is nothing compared to the ravages of untaxed alcohol.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/01/11 - 09:36 am
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plus, i'm just sayin. we got
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plus, i'm just sayin. we got two things here- a ten months investigation and a roadside stand of moonshine. i think spartanburg should ask for a tax refund for this work.

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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 09:49 am
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Hey, if our concern was about

Hey, if our concern was about the safety of moonshine and not the taxes, we would offer to check it for them instead of throwing them in jail. It's always been a classical, historic American conflict between people who make their own liquor and the government going after the tax revenue.

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broad street narrow mind 07/01/11 - 09:53 am
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if it was about safety, the
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if it was about safety, the epa would be as powerful as cops.

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edubb 07/01/11 - 09:59 am
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Leave this man alone. He is

Leave this man alone. He is 43 years old and not hurting anybody. Them country boyz want that moonshine anyway..I hate the cops got that 150k off of him too that could've got him lawyered up GOOD..This is why I am against long prison sentences for non violent drug offenders and stuff like this. It doesnt make sense. Ol country police dont have nothing to do but investigate most likely a good man thats just trying to make a living. I can go buy a bottle of Jack from the grocery store, but I can't buy a bottle from Michael Blackwell...dang..now thats Big Government

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/01/11 - 10:02 am
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good point about money taken
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good point about money taken before trial, edubb.
anyone interested in our two-tiered justice system (rich people and the rest of us) should look up glenn greenwald. very interesting writer.

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ruleoflaw 07/01/11 - 10:39 am
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Riverman1 wrote: It's also

Riverman1 wrote:

It's also legal to make a certain amount of liquor.

Riverman,
It is illegal to make any amount of liquor, even if for your own consumption, unless you have a permit from BATF for manufacture.

It is crazy that you can make alcohol in the form of wine and beer (up to about 400 gallons per year), yet you cannot use a still to concentrate that alcohol or recover alcohol from bad wine or beer. Distilling does not make the alcohol, only changes its concentration, and is illegal. Yet making the alcohol via fermentation is perfectly OK.......strange....

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Techfan 07/01/11 - 01:04 pm
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It will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see this guy's fine/sentence vs the guy with pot in Grovetown.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 01:50 pm
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Know what this is all about?

Know what this is all about? That stack of cash the cops got.

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Riverman1 07/01/11 - 02:27 pm
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The ancestors of these same

The ancestors of these same gentlemen were fiercely independent, Appalachian moonshiners, who broke away from Great Britian before the Declaration of Independence. Theodore Roosevelt said they were "the first men of American birth to establish a free and independent community on the continent." The Watauga Independence movement was the first formal declaration in America declaring independence from the British Empire.

Interestingly enough one of the themes of colonists before the rebellion when Britain tried to modify the taxes to make them more palatable to the colonists, was we don't want less taxes, we want NO TAXES.

Larry, The Cable Guy, did a great show on the history of moonshiners right here in Georgia. I say send Larry up there to shame the county into letting these boys out. Let him get the marijuana growers out while he's at it.

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KSL 07/01/11 - 07:17 pm
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That's a lot of hooch.

That's a lot of hooch.

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