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Pro Tip: Don't Sell Moonshine on Facebook

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on January 26, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you're a bootlegger, you may have to get creative with your advertising. And we here at FindLaw have extolled the virtues of small businesses utilizing social media to get their message and product out there to the people.

But there's a flip side to that coin, one that we've also discussed around these parts: the cops have access to Facebook and probably your photos as well. Well three Florida moonshiners are learning that lesson the hard way, after deputies discovered they were selling moonshine through a Facebook page.

Straight White Lightning

The mechanics of the moonshine bust were pretty straightforward. Deputies in Polk County got a tip that Alton Trowell was selling moonshine on his Facebook page. When an undercover detective tried to contact Trowell through said Facebook page, he ended up communicating with his girlfriend, Christie Comkowycz. Comkowycz arranged to sell 12 pints of the 192-proof booze at $20 a pop.

The undercover met Comkowycz and another suspect Dalton Ridlon in a parking lot, and once the exchange was made, both Comkowycz and Ridlon were arrested.

With a Twist

Beyond the obvious "Don't Sell Moonshine on Facebook" lesson, there were a few more teachable moments here:

Don't sell moonshine, y'all. And definitely don't do it on Facebook.

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