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Two Men Accused Of Making Moonshine In Choctaw County

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CHOCTAW COUNTY, OK -- Word is spreading after deputies say they found a still at a senior citizen's house, and arrested him on charges of making moonshine.

According to Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park, a deputy went to the house northwest of Soper around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday on a search warrant for another case when he found the still in a metal trailer on the property.

Authorities say the whiskey still is one of the largest they have seen, so they believe the man was selling the illegal liquor."There had been information coming in from time to time about a whiskey still on the property," says Park.

Deputies arrested Larry Holder, 69, of Soper, and his son George Holder, 42, of Rattan, who they say made the moonshine at the father's house off E 2030 Road using corn.

"They're fermenting the mash and transferring that from the mash barrels into the cooker," says Lt. Mike Randol of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission.

"It's just not Larry," says neighbor Earl Egan.

Deputies called in help from ABLE Commission agents who say the still had its own heater. "Once it gets into the heater heats up long enough turns into vapor, the vapor runs across and then they cool it and when they cool it, that's actually where you get the finished product," says ABLE Commission agent Erik Smoot.

Investigators say the still's cooker is capable of producing up to about 200 gallons of liquor in just two weeks, and that it is one of the biggest stills they have seen recently.

"I think it's shocking, especially here in Soper," says resident Morgan Griffin.

"Normally 5, 10, 20 gallons, maybe a 50 gallon tank once in a while, but this we believe would manufacture 200 gallons at a time, so he's making a large amount of whiskey," says Smoot.

"We've had one or two whiskey stills in the past but never to this size," says Park, who was sworn in Thursday.

Investigators say not only is making moonshine illegal, it can also be dangerous. "The alcohol that's produced can be tainted with toxins and that kind of stuff can't be regulated if it's just cooked out anywhere," says Randol.

Some residents are not surprised by the bust. "Just everything goes on in this county," says Robert Moffatt.

Both men face several charges including operating a still, possession of alcohol, and possessing a firearm in commission of a felony. Deputies say they also confiscated several guns and an old still.