by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Congratulations to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Virginia ABC) and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (NC ALE) investigators for capturing wanton criminal Claude L. Parker of Gates County, NC!
After a three-month joint undercover investigation, super secret government agents seized 24 gallons of moonshine and Mr. Parker’s 1990 Chevy pickup. According to Virginia ABC, “ABC undercover operatives purchased moonshine from Parker on several occasions leading up to the arrest.” I do not know why it took several transactions to finally arrest Mr. Parker, but the streets are safer now, that’s for sure.
Despite spending three months on the case, Virginia ABC and NC ALE still do not know who actually manufactured the moonshine. That will probably require a six-month investigation.
Just in case you were wondering, the moonshine sold for $55 per gallon (tax free).