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Deputies investigating marijuana growth spots liquor still in Holly Hill


Officials with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office say officers in a helicopter who were investigating the growth of marijuana in the county spotted a liquor still in Holly Hill.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the incident happened on Aug. 28 when investigators in a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helicopter observed a liquor still.

"Our investigation identified the owner of the property but she did not claim responsibility for the still," Ravenell said."The property owner explained that a storage building in her back yard was a social club where she sold food and beer."

According to Ravenell, the woman later retracted that statement and said the social club was private and that everyone put money in together for the alcohol and food that she served.

Officers located 25 55-gallon barrels full of corn mash that were fermenting with a strong odor of alcohol. Two 5-gallon containers of what appeared to be moon shine were located by the still.

Ravenell said other items that are used to make moon shine were also seized.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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