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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News man is in trouble again for illegally manufacturing and selling wine in his home, agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) said.
Authorities conducted a bust at a home in the 900 block of 15th Street, seizing 600 gallons of wine.
Accusations pertaining to an alleged illegal operation led to the bust and arrest of 83-year-old James Edward Skinner and his grandson, 44-year-old Darrin Skinner. According to Maureen Haney, with the ABC, both men were charged with three counts each of illegally selling alcoholic beverages without a license and keeping/maintaining a common nuisance.
Haney said the men were operating a shot house. Undercover agents bought wine, which came in various flavors at a cost of $7-8 per half gallon, from the home numerous times prior to Friday's arrests.
“Skinner stored and manufactured the wine in a garage and shed on the property,” said Robert M. Brooks, Special Agent in Charge of the Hampton ABC Enforcement Office.
The Newport News Police Department and Virginia Marine Police assisted the ABC in the shot house case.
This is not a first-time offense for James Skinner. Last year, agents seized 670 gallons of wine from the same home.
Then 82, Skinner was arrested and charged with illegally manufacturing alcoholic beverages (three felony counts), maintaining a common nuisance (three counts), illegally selling alcoholic beverages without a license (two counts) and the illegal possession of untaxed distilled spirits (moonshine).
James is still awaiting trial for those charges, Haney said.
Why do you need a license? That's fucking bullshit
Look, the American people have chosen to have a fiat money standard because they want a welfare state. You cannot have a gold standard and a welfare state at the same time. You have to make the choice. We have made a decision as a society that we’ll be dealing with the welfare state. -Alan Greenspan
Because big business will not be so big if people were allowed to think for themselves. welcome to life. yes it pissed me the fk off too.
Really? It's booze so aren't you going to go all Jihad since they're breaking Allah's will?
Originally Posted by RHDEG6
Man idk what I've ever done to you to make you hate me so much... But that really fucked up if your gonna try and get me into legal trouble over some Internet dumb shit.. I'm already in enough trouble man I don't need this in my life