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Pair charged with selling moonshine; 1 also accused of illegally selling guns

POSTED: September 7, 2008 5:01 a.m.


Two men were charged Tuesday for selling moonshine, and one was charged with selling guns to a convicted felon.

Douglas Moore, 66, of Nicholson and Alvin Gary, 61, of Commerce were arrested for selling illegal liquor to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from October 2007 to February 2008, officials said.

Both face one count of violating federal liquor laws. Gary faces eight counts of unlawful purchase of firearms.

Gary is accused of two counts of what is known as a straw purchase. The crime involves filling out paperwork stating that he will be the user of the firearm, but instead providing the gun to someone else.

Six counts accuse Gary of providing firearms to a person who he reasonably would believe was previously convicted of a felony, said Marc Jackson, a special agent for the ATF.

Though moonshine cases are not common, Jackson said the ATF takes them seriously.

"While they may be rare, they are far from trivial. They involve tax evasion, and in our experience moonshiners often pose a significant health risk to those who consume their product."

The crimes allegedly took place in Nicholson and Commerce. The men had a hearing Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in Gainesville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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