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Moonshine run leads to arrests

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Alcohol seized by ABC authorities at time Davis and Thomas were arrested.
SoVaNow.com / May 01, 2013
Two men were arrested this week in Mecklenburg County and charged with attempting to run illegal moonshine across the Virginia state line, according to Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) authorities.

Bernard Nelson Davis, 64, of Chase City, and Vernon Eugene Thomas, 76, of Chesterfield, were arrested April 21 for allegedly transporting untaxed moonshine out of the state.

According to ABC officials, the two were “nabbed in Mecklenburg County in separate takedowns. Thomas was caught on Interstate 85 at the intersection of U.S. 58 in South Hill. Davis was arrested on U.S. 58 in Boydton.”

The arrests came after a three-month investigation.

Agents also seized 150 gallons of untaxed distilled spirits, $510 in cash, a Chevrolet truck and cargo van.

The two each were charged with illegally transporting alcoholic beverages in excess of one gallon and possession of untaxed distilled spirits. Each charge is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

The operation was a joint effort of Virginia ABC, the Southside Drug and Gang Task Force and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Arraignment of the two men was originally set for May 7, but has been continued until June 27 in the General District Court in Mecklenburg County.

They were released without bond while awaiting their arraignment.

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We should push the general assembly to overturn such laws. These guys are working, not stealing, but the only reason it is a crime is that the state does not get its cut. And don't anyone give me the safety issue.

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It will depend who they know. Remember the pot grower that basically got a shame on you and lost his nice plush county job?

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Just remember, you work for us.


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