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06/09/08 - Lufkin

East Texas Man Arrested for Making Moonshine

Angelina County deputies along with agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission arrested an East Texas man Friday on charges relating to the manufacturing and selling of "moonshine".

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent Ron Clinton, along with his boss, Jeff Taylor, displayed what was confiscated from the residence of Charles Rash in the Redland community of Angelina County.

"Last week, a subject made contact with me and wished to basically just tell us a story of what he believed was an illegal moonshine operation going on in the county. I guess for no other reason he felt like that the underage population in the county, or some of them may have been buying moonshine from this subject." said agent Clinton.

Not only were quarts and quarts of homemade alcohol found.. which allegedly sold for thirty dollars a quart, a small arsenal of rifles, shotguns and pistols were also discovered, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.

"When we arrived to execute the search warrant and arrest warrant, Mr. Rash attempted to flee the scene. He had to be subdued by offers that were there to execute the search warrant."

But maybe the most surprising find had nothing to do with guns or alcohol. There was a lot of Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia in the home, including patches, bumper stickers, a donation jar, and an application.

And there's nothing that can be done.

"Nothing illegal... nothing you can do about that. Like the Klan, or being a member of the Black Panthers, or whatever. They can have their memorabilia and can do all of that." says Angelina County sheriff Kent Henson.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are expected to be in town Tuesday to see if any more charges can be filed.

Also, the Department of Treasury will also be taking a look into the incident.

Agent Clinton stresses that making moonshine can be very dangerous. Not only is the product highly flammable, it can also be easily contaminated in the manufacturing process. That's just one of the reasons it's illegal in Texas to make it.

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