Statement as issued Thursday by Indiana State Excise Police:
TELL CITY, Ind. (April 3) – Indiana State Excise Police officers searched a Tell City residence today and seized a still that had been posted on Facebook.
Excise officers began their investigation in February, when they received a tip about a Facebook post that appeared to contain a distilling apparatus. Officers found additional photos and posts that indicated that a Tell City man was manufacturing and distributing untaxed liquor.
Today, excise officers served a search warrant at the residence of Jeremy D. Thompson, 39, at 623 12th Street in Tell City.
They seized evidence that included a distilling apparatus, along with containers containing liquor that Thompson said was untaxed liquor that he had produced, a hydrometer and other devices used to produce the untaxed liquor.
Preliminary charges include of Possession of Unlicensed Equipment for the Production of Alcoholic Beverages, a Class C misdemeanor, Sale without a Permit, a Class B misdemeanor, Unauthorized Dealings, a Class B misdemeanor, two charges related to the Sale of Untaxed Alcoholic Beverages, as a Class B misdemeanor and as a Class C misdemeanor.
"The production of unregulated alcohol is a public safety concern that cannot be ignored," Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. "State Excise officers will continue to investigate any information that is received concerning the illegal production of liquor."
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