339 gallons of moonshine, 18 weapons seized from Danville ranch

Posted at 8:54 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 20:54:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A Danville man faces multiple felony and misdemeanor indictments after Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office raided his moonshine operation.

Special agents seized 339 gallons of moonshine, 18 weapons and $617 in cash from the ranch of 63-year old Ronald Wayne Bray on Monday.

The bust came after a four-month investigation.

“Moonshine isn’t limited to the back woods,” said ABC’s Special Agent in Charge Kyle Blanks. “We’ll continue to follow up on illegal whiskey leads wherever they take us in the Commonwealth.”

“The bust was the direct result of information received by our agents,” he said. “Our undercover operatives made numerous buys during the past several months, culminating in today’s enforcement activity.”

The moonshine was packaged in clear one-gallon containers with blue tops, similar to milk jugs. The firearms in Bray’s residence were mainly rifles and shotguns.

Pending discussions with the Commonwealth’s attorney, criminal indictments will be sought against Bray for one count of maintaining a common nuisance, four counts of sale of alcohol without a license, four counts of possession of untaxed liquor, four counts of unlawful sale of alcohol within 100 yards of a dangerous weapon.

All are Class 1 misdemeanors with the exception of the firearms charges, which are a Class 6 felony.