Friday, March 17, 2006

Union Springs man accused of bootlegging

By Topher Sanders
Montgomery Advertiser

The brother of the former owner of Alabama's official spirit was arrested on bootlegging charges Tuesday, Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board officials said.

William "Billy" May, 41, was driving south on U.S. 231 when he was pulled over in Midland City for not having a taillight.

Midland City police officer J. Culbreth discovered May was transporting approximately 70 gallons of moonshine. The Union Springs resident was also in possession of a .357-caliber handgun without a permit and a small amount of marijuana.

"The illegally manufactured liquor, moonshine, is sold at a high profit margin, which makes it an attractive investment for the modern-day bootlegger," said Jeff Rogers, assistant director of ABC enforcement.

May was charged with transportation of prohibited liquors, unlawful possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He was taken to the Dale County jail.

May's brother, Kenneth May, was convicted in January 2005 for selling alcohol to a minor and selling alcohol without a license.

Kenneth May was the previous owner of Conecuh Ridge Whiskey, which is known as the official "State Spirit."

Rogers said further arrests and seizures could be made in the case.

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