May 5, 2004
(Statenville-AP) -- Two moonshine stills and 12 marijuana plants were destroyed after a tip led officers to discover them on a hunting preserve in Echols County off Highway 94.
Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson estimates that a tank at the first still -- which was spray painted green and hidden under a canopy of pines -- held 135 five-gallon containers of moonshine. He says it's one of the largest stills he's ever seen.
The second still was about five miles away. Nothing was left but empty mash sacks and plastic pipes.
The marijuana plants were growing nearby in an old freezer turned on its side.
Courson says the destruction of the stills prevents the owners from repairing the equipment and reusing it.
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