Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 12:08 PM

 

Police and agents find moonshine inside a Moss Point convenience store

MOSS POINT, Mississippi - A Moss Point man has been charged with selling moonshine from his business after a raid Friday by the Moss Point Police Department and officers from the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control and Jackson County Narcotics Task Force, according to a press release issued on Saturday by Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis.

Darryl Nettles, 54, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of non tax paid whiskey (moonshine), Davis said.

The agents and Moss Point Police officers obtained a state search warrant and went to Kreole Mini Mart, 6106 Fredrick St. in Moss Point. They found several people loitering outside the business. One person had glass tubing, Davis said, that turned out to be a "crack pipe."

Lovin Peyton, 50, was charged with possession of paraphernalia.

This joint operation culminated with Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control executing a search warrant to look for illegal alcohol, Davis said.

Mississippi law requires a specific permit for businesses to sell alcohol. Complaints had been filed that Darryl Nettles was selling alcohol from the Kreole Mini Mart, and the agents, upon researching the records, found he did not have the permit to do so, Davis said.

Also, moonshine is illegal in Mississippi, according to Brian Alexander, Supervisory Agent in Charge for District 5, Biloxi. Moonshine is illicitly distilled or smuggled liquor.

During the search of the business, agents found moonshine in a refrigerator inside the store.

In addition, Davis said officials found Nettles cooking food inside the Mini Mart. Davis contacted the Mississippi Department of Health where an official issued Nettles a "stop and desist" order for the food preparation.

The investigation is continuing, Davis said.

Those who have information about this or other crimes, can contact the Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711 or Crime Stoppers at 800-787-5898 or log onto the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers website at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.