Dec 21, 2020

Alabama Waste Water Plant Uncovers Illegal Wine Operation

An illegal winery was uncovered at Rainsville Waste Water plant

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DeKalb County, Alabama investigators uncovered a large illegal winery operating at the Rainsville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

According to Sheriff Nick Welden in a news release, authorities acted on an anonymous tip that went to the plant.

In the search, agents and investigators discovered a large amount of illegal alcohol and a winery which appeared to be in operation for a long period of time, said Welden, reported AL News.

Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and State Bureau of Investigation were on the scene as well and Welden maintains that charges will be filed.

“This is definitely one of the biggest operations we’ve seen in our county and possibly our state,” said Welden said..

 “Once again, it doesn’t matter who you are, no one is above the law. We won’t tolerate anyone using their position to hide their illegal actions at the taxpayer’s expense.”

According to the Alabama Beverage Control Board, the sale of alcohol is only permitted in DeKalb County in the cities of Collinsville, Henagar, and Ft. Payne.

The sheriff’s office says this investigation is ongoing.

“I want to thank the mayor for his cooperation and willingness to allow law enforcement to do our job and shut something like this down,” Welden added. “This is definitely one of the biggest operations we’ve seen in our county and possibly our state. A big thanks to the public and their tips against ALL illegal activities. Once again, it doesn’t matter who you are, no one is above the law. We won’t tolerate anyone using their position to hide their illegal actions at the taxpayer’s expense.

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