Illegal distillery found in home in Double Springs
by Elane Jones
Mar 20, 2013 | 4390 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Law enforcement officers found this illegal distillery in a home belonging to a Double Springs man, whom they were there to arrest on a warrant from Lawrence County. Photo courtesy of the Winston County Sheriff’s Office
Law enforcement officers found this illegal distillery in a home belonging to a Double Springs man, whom they were there to arrest on a warrant from Lawrence County. Photo courtesy of the Winston County Sheriff’s Office
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Officials with the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Winston County Sheriff’s Office and Double Springs Police Department were in the process of taking a Double Springs man into custody Monday when they discovered he was operating an illegal distillery at his residence.

Winston County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Brown said 58-year-old David Bonds of Double Springs was taken into custody on charges of felony possesion of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of distilling components, also a felony.

“We were there to arrest him on a warrant for Lawrence County when he gave us consent to search his residence,” Brown said. “That’s when we discovered the distillery he was apparently operating in his kitchen to make homemade brandy.”

Brown said Bonds was wanted by Lawrence County because he reportedly went there and purchased pseudoephedrine, a key component used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

“Bonds is a convicted felon and by law he is not allowed to do that, because it is a crime in Alabama for a person who has been convicted of a drug crime in the past 10 years to purchase pseudoephedrine,” Brown said. “This is a fairly new law, and we have been working closely with Lawrence County on this case.”