White lightning apparently hasn't disappeared from Eastern Kentucky.
State police said a team came upon an apparent cache of moonshine whiskey around 11 a.m. Thursday while eradicating marijuana plots in a wooded area of Clay County.
Police confiscated 150 quart jars of suspected moonshine and later cited a Manchester man for illegal alcohol possession, said Trooper Don Trosper. "You never know what you're going to run upon in our business," he said.
Moonshine whiskey is an illegal product for which Kentucky was once well known. But nowadays marijuana has largely replaced moonshine as a problem for law enforcement officers.
"They had gone into the woods and had cut out some plots of marijuana," Trosper said. "As they were coming out of the woods, they could see the moonshine in an outbuilding. They walked over and looked, and sure enough it was moonshine."
Trosper said the find was in the Paw Paw community off Ky. 80 west of Manchester.
Trooper Mack McDonald cited William Brian Finley, 26, of Manchester with first-degree illegal possession of alcoholic beverages in dry territory. The charge is a misdemeanor, and Finley was not arrested, Trosper said.
Troopers said they found no still or manufacturing facility.