Moonshine run from Tennessee halted in Lake Wales

December 6th, 2010 by Staff

LAKE WALES – It may sound like a headline from the 1920s, but two people were arrested this week in Polk County on moonshine charges.

Updated: Friday, 03 Dec 2010, 4:10 PM EST
Published : Friday, 03 Dec 2010, 4:10 PM EST

A man from Mountain City, Tennessee was caught transporting 83 mason jars filled with moonshine that were headed to a restaurant in Sebring, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

The restaurant owner was also arrested.

The story unfolded when a Lake Wales Police officer said he spotted the moonshine in the trunk of 40-year-old Daniel McGuire’s Ford Mustang.

The police officer called for backup and pulled McGuire over.

Deputies found 83 jars of moonshine. According to the sheriff’s office, McGuire said he was delivering the moonshine from Tennessee to Cowboys Restaurant in Sebring. They arrested the manager there, 36-year-old Catherine Renee Watson.

McGuire told deputies he delivered three cases of moonshine to Watson on Wednesday, and was supposed to deliver seven more cases yesterday.

McGuire is charged with possession of moonshine, transportation of moonshine, moving or concealing alcoholic beverages with intent to defraud the state, and conspiracy to violate the beverage law.

Making moonshine just became legal in one part of Tennessee: a distillery just opened in Gatlinburg , in the eastern part of the state.

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