Smith County 'Moonshine' bust first in decades
POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:09am
TYLER — 2 active stills -- complete with water coolant and mesh used to cook the Moonshine or White Lightning as it's sometimes called.
Smith County Precinct 5 Constable Dennis Taylor tells KETK the stuff sells for around $100 a pint.
"100% proof...120%, we've got a couple that are 190% proof, 180%...that's pretty stout...for anybody," Taylor said.
After realizing the Moonshine is on the streets in Tyler, county authorities ended at Donald Clark's property in Arp.
Taylor says Clark's home is just where they did the cooking. A couple of his neighbors were also involved -- at least one of them did the flavoring.
"It's very dangerous, it could blow up at any time. You've got fire and mesh and it's very dangerous. And you've got alcohol...pure alcohol...that's in there. Think about mixing that with pure alcohol," Taylor said.
Constable Taylor tells KETK that people have died from drinking Moonshine before because of the way some choose to cook it. Some people run the water coolant through a radiator!
As for Donald Clark, today he was simply fined and released.
The constable says it's a Class A Misdemeanor to have the Moonshine equipment -- but he says those charges may escalate.
Especially if he and his neighbors are charged with engaging in a criminal activity.