December 8, 2011
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Maureen Haney - (804) 325-8468
ABC Agents Apprehend Two Men for Manufacture of Illegal Whiskey in Pittsylvania County
- ABC apprehended two men in the process of manufacturing illegal whiskey in Pittsylvania County.
- Indictments by the grand jury will be sought on 1 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges.
RICHMOND – Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), with assistance from Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended two men in the process of manufacturing illegal whiskey in Pittsylvania County on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Ricky Lynn Easley, 55, and Daniel Ray Matthews, 37, both of Callands, Va., were apprehended in the 6400 block of Sago Road in Callands on Wednesday morning. Indictments will be sought for both men on a class 6 felony charge for the manufacture of illegal whiskey, punishable by one to five years in prison, or 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. Indictments will also be sought on the charges of three class 1 misdemeanors for possession of illegal whiskey, selling alcohol without a license, and possessing distilling apparatus, all punishable by up to 12 months in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.
Agents seized six 800-gallon illegal stills, three copper still caps, two condensers (worms), 1,600 pounds of sugar, 200 pounds of barley, 12 pounds of yeast, 288 plastic gallon jugs and a large number of caps.
All the evidence collected and observations made will be presented before the next term grand jury in Pittsylvania County.