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Working moonshine still found in Frayser man's garage

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Mason jars filled with moonshine are sold in many liquor stores,  but police say the found a working moonshine still in a man's garage. Mason jars filled with moonshine are sold in many liquor stores, but police say the found a working moonshine still in a man's garage.

(WMC-TV) - Something more commonly uncovered in Appalachia turned up in Frayser. Police busted a working moonshine still, and as of Friday the accused brew-master is behind bars while neighbors react to his arrest.

Mason jars filled with moonshine are sold in many liquor stores, like at Kimbrough Wine and Spirits on Union Avenue.

Their moonshine products are 100 proof, but the uncontrolled kind can be much stronger.

"We actually have three different brands here in the store, and all three are very popular," said Marina Pakis with Kimbrough Wine & Spirits.

The homemade hooch Memphis Police say was made in a garage on Creston Street in Frayser may have been popular, too.

According to an affidavit, 38-year-old Charles Materna made enough to transport and sell in Arkansas.

"I knew he drank moonshine every once in a while, and didn't think anything of it," said neighbor Denise Turner.

Police say they found a moonshine still made up of plastic tubs, copper tubing, funnels, and filters. Plus they found 10 gallons of the finished product after Materna consented to a search.

"Down in Mississippi, and Virginia and Kentucky ... You might see it there, but not here in Frayser," said neighbor John Brock.

No one came to the door of the home Action News 5's Jason Miles was told that Materna shared with other family members.

Meanwhile, experts say any moonshine consumers are brave enough to sip should probably come from a store.

Materna was charged with possession of a still and more than three gallons of unstamped alcohol.

Police say they also found marijuana inside his garage. He is held on a $30,000 bond.

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