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Leake Co. man arrested after moonshine bust

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LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Leake County man was arrested on Tuesday after a moonshine still was found at his home.

ABC agents and the Leake County Sheriff's Department responded to the home where 58-year-old John Wilkinson was reportedly producing and selling moonshine. The 55-gallon barrels were sitting in his bedroom among animal feces and human urine.

Wilkinson is accused of making "Rot Gut Corn Whiskey".

Agents also discovered 30 gallons buckets of the finished product open in the carport of the house.

Wilkinson told authorities he was making moonshine for fun and was giving it away. Agents who raided his property say that the "Rut Gut Corn Whiskey" was being sold for $40 a gallon.

"I got to watching it on Moonshiners and just thought I'd try it, see what it was like," said John Wilkinson. "I hadn't been doing none of it but about eight months maybe close to a year and I hadn't been hardly selling none of that, just mostly giving it away and doing it for the fun of it."

ABC and the Leake County Sheriff's Department stopped the moonshine operation after agents conducted a two month investigation.

There were two houses and a barn and horses on the property.

The living room where investigators say he lives contained five 55 gallon barrels of corn mash filled with flies and roaches. 

 Animal feces covers the floor.

Beside his bed is a large trash can of urine where agents say Wilkinson relieved himself. 

"I  hadn't been doing none of it but about eight months maybe close to a year and I hadn't been hardly selling none of that, just mostly giving it away and doing it for the fun of it," said Wilkinson.

Agent in Charge Jason Counts took an ax to the moonshine still to destroy the products so they will never be used again.

"You could get alcohol poisoning. A lot of the stills are made in unsanitary conditions," said Counts. "The mash barrels have raccoons, animals, flies, roaches. Some of the moonshine had flies in it".

The Highway 25 property was raided after a two month investigation.

"It's beyond my imagination as to why someone would want to drink that, knowing what it comes in there and the dangers that come with it, said Leake County Sheriff Greg Wilkinson. "Be aware that it still does exist and if they see something that's unusual, one of the things that they notice if it's not canning season and people are buying hundreds of pounds of sugar, there may be an alert for something".

Wilkinson is charged with possession of moonshine and possible felony possession of a distillery.   

He was taken to the Leake County jail.

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