State revenue agents on Monday charged a 76-year-old Webster County man with possession of illegal liquor.
The Mississippi Department of Revenue said Alcohol Beverage Control agents served a search warrant at Parker Roberson’s residence at 1558 Parker Roberson Road. The road is between Clarkson and Cumberland, connecting Bland and Jackson roads.
Agents seized an illicit distillery operation consisting of a stainless steel cooker and two copper condensers. They also seized 27 gallons of moonshine, 247 gallon plastic jugs and 300 pounds of sugar. The cooker was destroyed on the scene, officials said.
An undercover operative purchased illegal whisky — moonshine — for $40 a gallon from Roberson before he was charged, according to the MDR.
Officials said the still was found in an outbuilding on the property and the moonshine was concealed by square bales of hay in the hayloft of the barn on the property.
ABC agents issued Roberson a citation for possession of intoxicating beverages in a dry county. He paid a $278 fine Tuesday afternoon in Webster County Justice Court, records show.
The state Revenue Department said charges for possession of the illegal distillery are pending.