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Man Arrested for Making Moonshine

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Nov 26 2012 01:48:15 PM CST
Banning Still

Banning Police

Banning Police photo of still found at home.

BANNING, Calif. -

Banning Police get more than they bargained for when they attempted to serve a warrant at a home on King Street. 

Banning Police say that just before 5 p.m. Saturday, officers went to arrest James Jonathan Collins at the home.  Collins was standing in the garage when officers arrived.  While placing Collins under arrest they smelled a strong odor coming from an enclosed portion of the garage.

Further investigation revealed that Collins was making Moonshine and operating a working still.  Banning Police called in Cal Fire to render the scene safe and dismantle it for evidence.

Collins was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility for illegal distillation of an alcoholic beverage.