ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted two men on charges of running a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the north Georgia mountains.
The indictment released in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, says two other people are charged with possessing the distilled spirits from the still. Authorities say the still was hidden in the woods in Rabun County and operated between January 2005 and February 2006.
A spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- Marc Jackson -- says the four were arrested last night.
Jackson says such operations pose a significant health risk in addition to denying the government revenue and encroaching on a legitimate industry.
The health risk comes form lead poisoning. The crude equipment sometimes includes a car radiator and often leaks dangerous amounts of lead into the liquor.
The indictment says Brett Jarrard and Max Moss, both of Clayton, are charged with several tax violations in running the still and producing and selling distilled spirits without paying federal taxes on them. Jarrard, Terry Singleton and Kelly Standridge are charged with receiving the liquor knowing that taxes hadn't been paid on it.