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3 charged with making moonshine in Polk County

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It sounds like something straight out of the 1920s, but Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says moonshine-making is "alive, and not-so-well."

Deputies have arrested three men suspected of producing and distributing moonshine in Haines City.

Joe Aaron, 73, Jacob Mayes, 28, and Rickey Barnes, 31, were all storing the bootleg liquor, deputies said. They face felony charges under Florida law.

Deputies say they found a moonshine still and equipment inside Aaron's home at 3423 Carter Road, along with various flavors of the alcohol in mason jars.

Deputies found more in Mayes' home at 109 Uncle Pete Road S., and even more at Barnes' house at 4730 Carl Boozer Road. Deputies also say they found 59 grams of marijuana in Barnes' house.

"Popcorn Sutton would not have been proud of these bootleggers – it wasn't a very sophisticated operation, but they were producing, distributing and selling illegal moonshine in the area," Sheriff Judd said in a release.

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