Bryan County man accused of making his own moonshine

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- A Bryan County man is accused of making his own moonshine, a felony in Oklahoma. He might have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for one phone call.

Bryan County investigators said they were called to a home in regards to a stolen pickup truck and when they got out there, they told us something smelled off, coming from the home.

"When I left it was basically embedded in my clothes, that's how strong it was," said Bryan County Sheriff's Office Chief Investigator Mark Riffe.

Riffe said early Friday morning Tony Fults called the Sheriff's office saying a pickup he'd borrowed from his employer was stolen from his front yard off Dyre Branch Road outside of Bokchito. When they got there, they discovered Fults was making his own moonshine.

"Also found two 55 gallon drums of mash where he was actually had the corn in soaking and put yeast and sugar in to make alcohol," Riffe said.

Investigators said Moonshine is a type of alcohol, usually whiskey or rum, that is corn based, un-aged and has a high alcohol proof.

"Once they're mashed in they're put into the still which they cook off in the steel and it produces a vapor and turns into a liquid," Riffe said.

Investigators said it's a felony crime to make moonshine in Oklahoma and if convicted, Fulks could be fined up to $5,000 and three years in prison.

"In Bryan County if you're caught with a whiskey still on your property, we're here to scarf you up," Riffe said.

Fults was booked into the Bryan County Jail.

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