Three arrested after Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office finds 300+ gallons of moonshine

Three arrested after Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office finds 300+ gallons of moonshine

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - Three men are behind bars after the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted a search for illegal moonshine stills.

Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation found a 48-barrel moonshine still off of Rutherford Rd. near Hurtsboro.

Law enforcement officers were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence associated with the still.

Throughout the entire property, officers seized 325 gallons of illegal moonshine and stolen property including a flatbed trailer, a horse trailer, an AR-15 rifle and documents related to identity theft.

58-year-old Manuel Eugene Davis and 37-year-old Gabrius Immanuel Mitchell were arrested and charged with the following:

  • Two felony counts of possession of a moonshine still and manufacturing or distribution of moonshine whiskey
  • Two felony counts of obscuring a Vehicle Identification Number
  • One felony count of possession of marijuana
  • One felony count of trafficking in stolen identities

They are both being held in the Russell County Jail on a $38,500 bond.

34-year-old Manuel Eugene Davis Jr. was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Two felony counts of possession of a moonshine still and manufacturing or distribution of moonshine whiskey
  • Two felony counts of obscuring a Vehicle Identification Number
  • One misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana
  • One felony count of trafficking in stolen identities
  • One felony count of receiving stolen property

ALEA officials say they are continuing to investigate.

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