Moonshine Lives: 8 Busted For Running ‘Nip Joints’ In Va.

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circa 1950: Agents examine the boiler of a still used to manufacture illegal moonshine alcohol.  (credit: Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1950: Agents examine the boiler of a still used to manufacture illegal moonshine alcohol. (credit: Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

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EMPORIA, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Apparently moonshine isn’t dead.

Virginia alcohol regulators have arrested eight people and charged them with operating so-called nip joints in Emporia.

The arrests were made this week after officials executed search warrants for five addresses where alcohol was sold without a license. Besides nip joints, those operations are also called “shot houses.”

Agents also seized $5,800 in cash and what they described as a large amount of alcohol.

The accused range in age from 46 to 83. All have been released on charges of selling alcoholic beverages without a license, among other counts.

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