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Illegal winery busted at Alabama town's sewage plant

Sewage Plant Winery
Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 11:40:23-05

RAINSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff's office says it's busted an illegal winery that was operating at a city's sewage plant.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says it got an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the town of Rainsville on Thursday.

Investigators then uncovered what's described as a large illegal winery inside the Rainsville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Photos released by investigators show glass containers, buckets, a fermenting rack and other equipment often used by people who make wine at home.

The agency says officers seized a lot of illegal alcohol and arrested an employee.

The town of about 5,100 people is 100 miles northeast of Birmingham.