Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

August 27, 2013

Excise officers seize still at Batesville home

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

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Indiana State Excise Police officers seized a still and other items used to distill liquor at a Batesville home Monday, Aug. 26, reports Cpl. Travis Thickstun, ISEP public information officer.

Officers served a search warrant on Hillenbrand Ave., looking for items related to the unlawful manufacturing of liquor. No one was at the residence when the search warrant was executed, said Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel. 

Thickstun noted, "Several items associated with making distilled spirits were seized from the residence, including a whiskey barrel that appears to contain homemade whiskey." Other items recovered by police included self-learning manuals and books on how to make whiskey.

Excise officers were assisted by the Batesville Police Department and Hertel.

"No one has been arrested yet," the prosecutor reported Aug. 27. "Before we make any decisions, we’re going to wait for the excise police to finish their investigation" and get Batesville police reports.  

Possession of a still or distilling apparatus is a Class C misdemeanor. Other charges, including a felony and misdemeanors, are also possible.

Anyone with information on unlawful liquor manufacturing can provide an anonymous tip to the excise police at 812-523-8314.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws, according to Thickstun.