Benson man accused of moonshine operation
CLINTON, NC (AP) — A Benson man has been arrested and accused of running a moonshine operation in Sampson County.
The Fayetteville Observer reported 38-year-old Samuel Scott Byrd was arrested at the still behind an empty mobile home Tuesday.
Sampson sheriff’s deputies say they seized 24 gallons of moonshine.
Deputies destroyed a 500-gallon cooker and five 650-gallon vats. Officers also seized sugar and corn meal.
State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents accuse Byrd of a number of violations, including selling untaxed alcohol, possession of untaxed alcohol and possession of equipment to make untaxed alcohol.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton says officers received a tip from a citizen.
It was unknown if Byrd has a lawyer.
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