The Unicoi County Sheriffs Department stumbled upon what Sheriff Mike Hensley described as a rare find while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a resident of Sciota Woods Court around 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.
According to Hensley, he went with other officers to 260 Sciota Woods Court to arrest Jennifer W. Hampton, 43, for reportedly violating probation.
Officers and I went around to the back porch to attempt to make contact, Hensley said. Adjacent to the back porch was an outbuilding that had a light on. We heard a noise and we looked in to see if someone was in the building. I looked through and saw the moonshine still.
Hensley said officers then acquired a search warrant for the building and residence.
We came back and actually had to knock the door in at the residence because they would not come to the door, Hensley said.
Reportedly found by the officers after they entered the home were several containers of mash, which is used to manufacture moonshine, and jars of the finished moonshine product. Officers also found 16 guns of various types, some of which were loaded, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, Hensley said.
For the remainder of this article please see the 1/15/14 edition of The Erwin Record.