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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Urban Moonshiner

                                                                         The Unguarded Secret Still

    In 2010 Alexander Przygoda was an Indian artifacts collector and dealer In Montgomery county  under Federal investigation concerning a few arrowheads he was in possession of. Alexander operated a business called The Artifact Company out of his house at 324 W. High St. Mt Sterling.

 Agents U.S. Department of the Interior served a search warrant and seized some of the artifacts to determine whether they were federally protected items. The Agents saw something else interesting while searching the basement, a working Moonshine still. After they left they tipped off the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and local Police. As it turned out Przygoda was apparently unconcerned by the visit from the feds and continued to make moonshine for some time after until the authorities returned, This Time for the Still. 


 At the home Police found 70 gallons of mash, corn, sugar and 37 mason jars of experimental moonshine all dated and organized on shelves as if he was trying to ‘’perfect’’ his brew, the police reported. The still included a 30-gallon drum used to heat the mash and a 15-gallon cooling tank and Copper components. The Investigators were unsure how long the still had been in operation. The Idea that there was a Moonshine operation in the middle of Town Shocked Mt. Sterling Mayor Gary Williamson who offered ‘’ I had no idea we had a moonshine still here in Mt. Sterling, but I guess we do.’’

 Przygoda was arrested, charged with possession of apparatus for unlawful manufacture of alcohol, operating without a license and presence of alcohol raising presumption of intent to sell. The charges were all misdemeanors and he was later released. The Authorities seized all the evidence and
''eh hem'' supposedly took it to Frankfort.


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