Police discover moonshine operation behind Sandy Springs home

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. —

Sandy Springs police say what officers initially thought might be a meth lab behind a home, was in fact a moonshine operation.

Police told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they were called to a home on Windsor Parkway this week after the property owner discovered the unusual setup.

“There was a pressure cooker, copper wiring,” said Sgt. Ron Momon. “Upon further verification it was determined to be a moonshining operation.”

Momon said police believe whomever was distilling the homemade cider was making about a gallon of it a week.

“It’s actually a felony in the state of Georgia,“ he said.  “At this point we don’t have any evidence, any leads. Only thing we have is the cooking operation.”

Neighbors told Petchenik that they were surprised to hear about the found firewater.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Guy Tucker. “The mountains have come down to the city and it’s great to blend the two.”

Neighbor Jack Byrd said he was disappointed to hear police had destroyed the distillery.

“No samples?” he asked.  “The whole neighborhood could have gotten happy.”