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George County man busted on moonshine charge

A George County man was arrested at his home and charged with possession of an illegal whiskey still.

Authorities say 52-year-old Thomas “Jack” Dye was arrested Friday during a raid by George County deputies and agents of the Mississippi Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the state Bureau of Narcotics.

Sheriff Garry Welford said officers, acting on a tip, confiscated a still and destroyed about 30 gallons of fermenting mash used to produce whiskey.

Welford said the operation was capable of producing approximately five to seven gallons of finished product per cooking. He said the finished whiskey has an estimated value of $50 a gallon.

Welford said Dye “probably drank a good bit of it and sold a little of it.”