Tip leads excise cops to moonshine still

Photo of confiscated still provided by Indiana State Excise Police.

LAKE STATION, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana State Excise Police officers served a search warrant Thursday afternoon in northwest Indiana at a Lake Station residence that where they found moonshine and the still that was used to make it.

Excise officers, acting on information that was provided to them by the Lake Station Police Department, served the search warrant at 3625 Minnesota Street at approximately 2:35 p.m. A copper still was discovered in a shed located in the backyard. The alcoholic beverage that was allegedly manufactured in the still was located inside of the residence. Preliminary testing of the beverage indicated the alcohol content to be at 132 proof.

Photo of moonshine confiscated from a home in Lake Station provided by Indiana State Excise Police.
Photo of moonshine confiscated from a home in Lake Station provided by Indiana State Excise Police.

The owner of the residence, Anthony J. Metz, 50, was issued summonses for the preliminary misdemeanor charges of possession of untaxed alcoholic beverages and possession of unlicensed equipment for production of alcoholic beverage. He will appear in Lake County Superior Court at a later date.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.

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