Nearly 100 years since Hancock County became famous as "the Moonshine Capital of the World," illegal distillation is apparently still causing problems for the "revenuers."
Agents of Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) on Wednesday executed a search warrant at Marie McKay Road in the Kiln, discovering "a working, two-barrel moonshine still," according to an ABC press release.
"There were approximately 100 gallons of finished moonshine product on site," the release said, "along with two 55-gallon drums filled with mash. Destroyed on scene was a 55-gallon stainless steel cooker, along with a stainless steel condensing coil.
No one was home when the ABC conducted the raid, officials said, "and no arrests have been made at this time."
No one had been arrested in the matter by press time on Friday, according to Hancock County jail records.
"The investigation is ongoing with person(s) of interest involved in the operation," according to the ABC.
Wednesday's raid marked the first such operation in Hancock County this year, but ABC agents busted three different moonshine operations in the Kiln last year in separate investigations.
The suspects in all three of those raids are still awaiting trial.
Moonshine, also known as "white lightning," once once completely banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but it is now permitted for sale by legal operations in several U.S. states.
ATF and ABC agents estimate there may currently be more than a million illegal moonshine operations in the U.S.
Many people think moonshine is basically harmless, and the government just wants the tax money from its production.
However, authorities warn that if unregulated, it could be harmful, due to possible contamination by lead or other toxic substances, depending on the distillation process used.