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Key West man busted in ‘moonshine’ raid

Jeremy Carr
Jeremy Carr

An online ad offering a "moonshine still" for $375 left a Key West man with a legal hangover.

Customers answering the Craigslist ad posted by Jeremy R. Carr, 39, last week actually were undercover agents of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

"Carr advised the still made moonshine whiskey, and in the past [Carr] had made moonshine whiskey himself," a beverage agent said in an arrest report.

"Carr provided the agents with instruction of how to make the moonshine whiskey, and how to put the still together," the report says.

Agents seized the still and "less than one gallon of moonshine whiskey" from Carr's Watson Street residence, in the middle of the city.

Owning, making or selling a still that produces whiskey or other hard liquor is a third-degree felony in Florida. He also was charged with possessing moonshine-making "raw materials" in the form of cracked corn and barley.

Carr was booked into Monroe County jail and released Wednesday. An arraignment was set for Oct. 8.

Florida law allows people to make beer or wine at home, strictly for personal consumption.

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