North Okaloosa Man Jailed for Pot and Moonshine

What started out as a domestic disturbance report turned into an arrest on moonshine and marijuana charges after a woman showed an Okaloosa County sheriff's deputy where her husband made his whiskey and stashed his pot.

Jared Nathan Booker, 34, of Baker in north Okaloosa County, was arrested on charges of possessing moonshine, illegal alcohol containers, a still and more than 20 grams of marijuana. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail on Sunday but later released.
When Deputy Tom Johnson arrived at the couple's rural Florida Panhandle home in response to a domestic disturbance call, Booker was in a shed and said he had been hiding from his wife.

The arrest report said that the woman, who was obviously intoxicated, said she had been arguing with her husband and wanted him out.

As he was packing to leave, his wife insisted that Deputy Johnson accompany her to the shed where she allegedly showed him a garbage bag full of marijuana and several large containers of moonshine.

"Neva Booker then told me that she had more she needed to show me and then led me to a metal chicken coop behind her home that had a large still," Johnson wrote.

She also told him her husband made about 20 gallons of moonshine at a time and sold it in Brewton Ala., for $25 a gallon.

Deputies confiscated about 3 pounds of marijuana, a 55-gallon drum of moonshine, two 15.5-gallon beer kegs also full of whiskey, $2,283 in cash, bags of sugar, wheat feed and mash. Officials destroyed the still.

Booker acknowledged the marijuana, still and moonshine were his but denied selling the pot or liquor, according to the arrest report.


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