Walton County Man Arrested For Running Illegal Still
March 10, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation today announced that the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) has arrested a Walton County man for running an illegal moonshine still. Jason Allen Hamilton was operating the moonshine distillery in his front yard in Ponce de Leon. Hamilton was arrested after ABT agents conducted an undercover investigation which led them to discover the illegal still. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.
Based on their investigation, ABT agents believe Hamilton, 31, was running the still over the course of several months. Hamilton was also allegedly selling the homemade moonshine to other individuals. Agents executed a search warrant at Hamilton’s home earlier this week and seized the materials being used to make the moonshine and to run the still. Hamilton surrendered to authorities this morning after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Hamilton is being held at the Walton County Jail and faces one count of possession of moonshine, a second-degree misdemeanor; and one count of possession of a moonshine still, one count of possession of raw materials, and one count possession of containers for moonshine, all third-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office in Walton County. A booking photograph may be obtained from the Walton County Jail.