Sheriff’s office busts moonshine/marijuana production

Published 10:44 pm Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Sunny View man after receiving information that he was in possession of an illegal liquor stil; used to manufacture moonshine, as well as discovering marijuana plants growing on the property.

Joshua Ruff

Joshua Ruff

Joshua Ruff, 25, of 1536 Owl Hollow Road, Mill Spring in the Sunny View community, was arrested and charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for a schedule VI controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing non-tax paid liquor and possession of non-tax paid liquor, according to sheriff reports.

Officers located a liquor still and non-tax paid liquor on Ruff’s property as well as marijuana plants, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The still, liquor and marijuana plants were confiscated and will be destroyed at the disposition of the courts, officers said.

Ruff was given a $5,000 secure bond, which Ruff posted and is out of jail pending trial.

Officers from the Tryon Police Department, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency (ALE) and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) assisted the sheriff’s office in the case.