CHESAPEAKE - A Chesapeake man is among four people charged in an eight-month moonshine investigation in North Carolina and Virginia.
Larry Donnell Parker, 57, of Tournament Drive, faces 12 charges of sale of alcoholic beverages without a license, possessing and transporting untaxed whiskey and maintaining a common nuisance.
Virginia ABC agents say they seized one vehicle and 72 containers of untaxed whiskey when they arrested Parker last Thursday.
They say he would sell the containers for $45 each.
At the same time in Northampton County, NC, three people were arrested on 11 charges total, including the manufacture and distribution of non-tax paid spirituous liquor (moonshine) from North Carolina into Virginia.
N.C. special agents say they seized and destroyed liquor distilleries and distillery parts, $1,900 in currency, vehicles, several gallons of moonshine, and ingredients used in the manufacturing process of moonshine at a site in Johnson County.
North Carolina officials haven't released the names of those arrested in their state.
Parker is free on his own recognizance, Virginia ABC officials told WVEC.com.
NC ALE Special Agent in Charge Pat Forbis says there's been an increase in cases involving the manufacturing and distribution of non-tax paid spirituous liquor in Eastern N.C. He attributes it to the profitability of this type of business, especially during these economic times.