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Crime/Courts

October 23, 2013

Deputies discover possible moonshine still

NORMAN — Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify people associated with a possible moonshine still that was discovered Saturday near Lexington.

A little before 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a vehicle fire at the intersection of 96th Street and York Road. The vehicle, identified as a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, sustained heavy damage.

Deputies examined the scene and it appeared that the car had a tow strap attached to the front. It is believed the vehicle was being towed.

Evidence showed that the vehicle was being towed on its rims only, and it is suspected the rims overheated, resulting in the fire.

The Monte Carlo left track marks, and deputies followed the marks to a residence in the 14000 block of 96th Street. Investigators tried to contact the residents, but nobody answered the door.

Deputies ran several license plates on vehicles parked on the property. A license plate on a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup returned listing the vehicle as stolen. Investigators confirmed that the truck was stolen out of Purcell.

Deputies later obtained a search warrant and the truck was removed from the property. In an open-covered shed near the truck, investigators found what appeared to be a possible moonshine still. The still contained a mash and liquid product.

Investigators contacted the Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission. ABLE agents also believe the device found was a moonshine still. It is a felony to use a distilling process to reproduce spirits without a license.

CCSO investigators and the ABLE Commission continue to investigate as they try to identify those associated with the stolen vehicle and possible moonshine still.

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