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Suspected moonshine found following routine traffic stop

A 25-year-old Scottsburg man faces a charge of defective equipment, and additionally charges are pending after seven 24 ounce jars of what appeared to be homemade alcohol — moonshine — were discovered during a routine traffic stop in Halifax on Oct. 25.

According to Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands, Officer Mike Smith observed a vehicle driven by Donald Ragsdale Jr. with a defective brake light traveling on North Main Street in the Town of Halifax. 

Smith conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and when he approached the driver’s side window to speak with the driver, he smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Lands said. 

Having probable cause, Officer Smith then conducted a search of the vehicle and found seven 24 ounce jars suspected to contain homemade alcohol. 

The jars were confiscated, packaged and sent to the Virginia State Forensics Lab for testing. 

Lands said Ragsdale was given a summons for having defective equipment and released.  

Additional charges are pending once the Virginia State Forensics Lab notifies the Halifax Police Department of the actual contents of the seven 24 ounce jars, Lands said.