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1/24/2013 ATF agency now involved in moonshining charges


The Silver Cliff resident arrested last week for allegedly making and selling moonshine out of his home remains in custody at the Custer County jail under a no-hold bond through the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The ATF is a law enforcement organization within the U.S. Department of Justice.

Custer County sheriff Fred Jobe said the arrest of James Jerrod, 50, followed a lengthy investigation by his office, state liquor enforcement and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Upon entrance of Jerrod’s rented home in the 400 block of Main Street in Silver Cliff on Jan. 16, said Jobe, authorities found stills and other equipment, and the ingredients for making  illegal hard liquor.

Also confiscated were an illegal shotgun, .22 caliber rifle and an assault-type weapon, as well as numerous fake identifications and social security cards.

Fingerprints sent to the FBI, said Jobe, revealed Jerrod had a lengthy rap sheet and he had spent many years in a federal prison in California.

In addition to the illegal manufacturing and selling of moonshine, Jerrod has been charged with criminal impersonation and possession of weapons by a previous offender.

Initially, he was being held under a $12,500 bond but it was upgraded to a no- hold bond via the ATF.

Jobe said the federal agency was interested in Jerrod but he did not know why.

Jerrod has been living in Custer County for about six years, said Jobe.

Jobe reminds residents that it is not illegal to use a kit to make wine and beer, and to give it away or to serve in your home, however, it can never be sold without the proper licensing.

On the other hand, said Jobe, it is always illegal to make and sell hard liquor without the proper licensing. – Nora Drenner