*This story has been updated to include new information about yesterday’s moonshine bust on the Coast.
An illegal moonshine operation has been discovered in Hancock County.
Officials with Mississippi’s Alcoholic Beverage Control arrived at a home on Dummy Line Road yesterday and seized over 80 gallons of Moonshine. A news release from ABC states that the home is owned by Kelly Necaise and an adjoining property is owned by Trent Necaise.
After searching the home and finding seven gallons, officers searched the next property where they found 77 gallons of produced moonshine and nearly 1,000 pounds of unprocessed ingredients. The ABC says that they found 300 gallons of mash inside of a six-barrel still and 875 pounds of sugar, along with other flavoring agents and tools used to produce moonshine.
The amount of materials found at the scene indicates that the operation had been going on for a while, according to Rusty Hanna, Chief of Enforcement with ABC.
While Trent and Kelly Necaise were named in the news release from ABC, they have not been arrested. The organization did state that multiple arrests are “anticipated.”
When asked if moonshining is still prevalent in Mississippi, Hanna said that it exists in some form in many counties across the state. Speaking to that fact, this is the third moonshine bust for the agency in the past two months.