Police: Medford man making moonshine also had guns, fireworks and pot

By Tom Wright-Piersanti/The Star-Ledger 
on January 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

MEDFORD — A Burlington County man was arrested Wednesday after police found a trove of guns, marijuana and an illegal moonshine still at his home, authorities said.

Police began investigating Xavier S. Walter, 35, of Medford in December when they learned he had a distilling apparatus in his Red Oak Trail home. Unlike home beer brewing and wine making, it is illegal to distill spirits, though the process of making one's own moonshine has long been popular along the Appalachian Mountains.

Medford police executed a search warrant Wednesday on Walter's home and arrested him. Along with the still, police said they recovered a small arsenal of weapons, including two shotguns, a rifle, a muzzle loader, two pellet guns, a set of throwing stars and two handguns — one with the serial number defaced.

Walter was also in possession of 3 1/2 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale and an assortment of fireworks, police said.

The moonshine still, which police found on the porch, was capable of making a few gallons, authorities told the Burlington County Times. Police did not believe he was selling the homemade alcohol.

Walter was charged with six separate weapons charges, including possession of a defaced firearm, three drug charges, possession of an unregistered still and fireworks possession. He was released from jail after posting bail and now awaits a Burlington County Superior Court hearing.