Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Moonshiner Pleads Guilty

The Justice Department issued the following statement.


Willie Necaise, Jr., 77, of Hancock County, Mississippi, pled guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to Unlawful Production of Distilled Spirits and Interstate Travel in Aid of a Racketeering Enterprise, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kurt Theilhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Judge Ozerden will sentence Necaise on October 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison on each charge. He further faces fines up to $250,000 and 3 years of supervised release.

Agents with the Enforcement Office of the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Division began investigating Necaise in 2018. The investigation revealed that, over time, Necaise traveled out of state and obtained at least 569,775 pounds of sugar, a primary ingredient for moonshine. In addition, records showed Necaise getting large deliveries of propane gas to a rural shed in Hancock County, even during the summer. Agents tracked Necaise to Slidell, Louisiana, and observed him getting a pallet of sugar and coming back to Hancock County. Armed with a search warrant, ABC Agents found forty 55-gallon drums of mash, 1200 new plastic jugs and a 200-gallon stainless steel cooker, along with sugar and other items related to illegal moonshine. Necaise did not have a license to distill liquor.

Based on the records of the sugar purchased, it was determined that over 74,070 gallons of taxable whiskey would be produced. No excise tax has ever been paid by Necaise. He therefore owes the ATF Tax and Trade Bureau $898,691.63 in Federal Excise Tax and the Mississippi Department of Revenue $369,752.50 in State Excise Tax.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the incredible work of the agents of the Enforcement Office of the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the Mississippi Department of Revenue and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Forearms and Explosives, who cooperated in investigating the case. Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams is prosecuting the case.

Kingfish note: Incredible?

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probably saw somebody talking about getting moonshine on Facebook and did a little backtracking. Many of the frats in Oxford have a jar of apple pie in the fridge during a party.

Anonymous said...

tax for what? Ben Franklin had his own still

Anonymous said...

This is such BS. It's 2020.

MadisonRulz said...

Spent much time in the Kiln Kingfish?

Anonymous said...

Are you sure he was not making his own movie based on "The Mule"?

Anonymous said...

That a whole lot of hand sanitizer going to waste...

Anonymous said...

Well, rest at ease everyone. They caught a 77 year old moonshiner.

Unlock your doors. We’re finally safe again.

Anonymous said...

Stainless steel cooker? Evidently this was a first class still operation. Should have just let this guy go ahead with his operation. Now the only choice for moonshine will be that is produced using old oil drum. If I were him I would plead not guilty and say I was merely setting up to produce Hand Sanitizer.

Anonymous said...

Top. Men.

Anonymous said...

With so many people named Necaise in Hancock County, he may have been helping out his family during the pandemic.

Anonymous said...

10:10, that "Apple Pie Moonshine" people claim they have is not real moonshine. It's legally bought and distilled everclear boiled on a stove with stuff diffused in it during the heating process like cinnamon sticks and apple juice/cider, sugar and spices. They think it's cool to tell everyone they are making "moonshine", but its just jazzed up everclear boiled on a stove top.

Anonymous said...

Herb Frierson must be proud.

Anonymous said...

Illegal moonshining is still a thing?

Anonymous said...

This is why humanity needs the machines to take over.

Anonymous said...

I've seen the show "Moonshiners" so that would make me an expert, right? I didn't think they could get him for illegal liquor unless they found him in the process of distillation or with jugs of untaxed whisky. All I see is 200 gallons of beer and a pot.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the IRS may want to talk to him too. Had to be making a pile of money.

Anonymous said...

Six months ago this was a funny story. Get that unpaid tax money. Today, is this the biggest thing we have to worry about? I think there are plenty of areas other that should be prioritized in establishing "Law and Order."

Anonymous said...

This is all about the money... no one cares about solving real crime anymore.

Anonymous said...

The crime is that the government taxes alcohol at over $17 per gallon!

Anonymous said...

With the state run alcohol distribution system out of business, what are people supposed to do?

Barney said...

" POW POW POW"

Anonymous said...

First off, in Hancock County a Necaise is a Ladner with a job.
Secondly, it is bought as a novelty item by the overwhelming majority because it’s $30 a gallon which is not much cheaper than buying cheap taxed liquor.
It was actually pretty good but not something that you would want to get drunk on and you can get it in any flavor you want. They use snow ball flavoring so next time you bring your kids to a snow ball stand let your mind consider all the options.
Truly a victimless crime. He was a professional so now you can only get from rookies who don’t know what the shit they are doing.
A friend just shared this information with me as I have no direct knowledge of such activities. I even bet ole Necaise even tore off the paperwork from his mattress and I am so glad such despicable humans are off the street.

Anonymous said...

Thank God Mississippi is now safe. And a 77-year-old monster will likely die in prison. Nice job, crypto-Nazis.

Anonymous said...

Welp, there goes my weekend...

Anonymous said...

I think it's funny you've got a poster chastising someone about apple pie moonshine in a fridge all knowing what it is and your story is about a guy with 2200 gallons of mash.

Anonymous said...

The crooks in government hate the crooks out of government.

It must embarrass the ABC that good ole country boys can do what they cannot. Deliver liquor at a reasonable price, in unbroken boxes, on time.

Anonymous said...

Those ABC/DEA and LEO guys must be proud. They are doing the lords work making sure the state doesn't have any competition in the "drink, drank and drunk" business.

Anonymous said...

Good grief, what did law enforcement spend on pursuing this guy? And he should have claimed the same thing the sisters did on Andy Griffith-it's a flower making machine.

Remains the same said...

When I was a much younger man, there was a bumper sticker, very popular at the time, that said "Stop organized crime, the government hates competition." Still true.

Anonymous said...

Man, with communists rising in our own government and their foot soldiers rioting in the streets, I’m glad “law enforcement” was able to get this monster who had the gall to do personal business transactions with willing transactors

Anonymous said...

Abolish the ATF!

Anonymous said...

4:14 - yes, because firearms and explosives should flow unfettered into our communities.

Anonymous said...

Help him become legal... make your tax dollars back with a little interest.

Put him in jail... never get a dime and he takes from the coffers.

Way to go, ATF! (roll eyes)

Anonymous said...



Necaise = Ladner with a JOB for the win

Anonymous said...

The whiskey warehouse in Gluckstadt has had a 'now hiring' banner out front for months. Saw it again today.

Anonymous said...

Doom, Despair and Agony on ME.

Anonymous said...

Just glad I do not drink whiskey. But, I have thirteen cases of Mich Ultra in my garage as we speak.

Anonymous said...

That area has a long history of independent liquor production. Grandfather told me that back during prohibition lots of moonshine hidden in railroad lumber shipments went to Al Capone in Chicago .

Anonymous said...

No one I know participates in the home canning of corn. Anyone want some?

Anonymous said...

MERIDIAN, MS (WLOX) - A Noxubee County man faces up to ten years in prison for allegedly making moonshine.

June 17, 2009 A six month investigation led Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to arrest Elbert "Al" Williams, 69, on June 15. He was charged with Possession of an Illegal Whiskey Still.

The arrest resulted in the seizure of a 10-barrel illegal distillery that consisted of a 500-gallon cooker, a radiator condenser, 82 gallons of moonshine whiskey and other related items. A 1994 Toyota Camry and $452 cash were also seized in the arrest.

I remember this. He was just the cooker. 2 other men owned land, building & built still. If I am correct he got 10 years due to sentencing guidelines - 5 suspended. Ironically he just passed away on April 29, 2020. So his shine must have had longevity effects. News said they were clearing 6k a week. Neither of the other men were ever mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Good gosh people! There are more important things to worry about. Burger king’s new commercial just made me aware that lemon grass keeps cows from farting....now the Galion from New York should be happy. Btw...I wonder if she eats some while she sits on the couch with her boyfriend to keep from getting flatulence herself ...

Anonymous said...

WTF? Didn’t I read recently that Mississippi lifted prohibition?

Frankly Speaking said...

Let me get this straight

77 year old man drives all over getting supplies ect, does all the work.
Makes 74,000 gallons of shine

Governments cut is $1.3 million

Wait, who's the criminal?

Anonymous said...

Amazing they tracked him due primarily because he owes taxes and al sharpton and many others owe millions and are still walking around spewing hate!

Anonymous said...

OMG! Are you kidding me? Let’s get our priorities straight please! How and when was the last time they busted a Meth lab or a drug Cartel? How about these officials use their time to stop the terrorist wanting to tear down our state heritage and our way of life. Can’t have much to do when they are stopping an elderly man from making whiskey! Geezs!

Anonymous said...

4:47 - yes, that's what abolish means.

MadisonRulz said...

One time on a Thursday I walked into a gas station store on 49 down around Covington County. Pallets of 3 flavors of beer were stacked to the roof: Bud, Bud Light, Miller Light. I commented to the clerk about how much beer it was. He assured me it all would be gone by the end of the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Some of the best shine in the South is made within view of the Natchez Trace.

I won't mention the County, but Fayette is the nearest "town".

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