Moonshine, drugs found when police execute search warrant

The execution of a search warrant Wednesday revealed moonshine and drugs inside a Willow Street home in Columbus, police said.

Melvin James, 67, is charged with possession of distilled liquor, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of drug related objects and possession of marijuana, reports state.

According to police, officers executed a search warrant about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at James’ Willow Street apartment. They found 11 gallons of “moonshine” whiskey, $38 worth of marijuana, $230 worth of crack cocaine and almost 100 prescription painkillers valued at $1,880.

The moonshine charge pertains to unpaid taxes. Georgia law states that “Except as otherwise specifically provided for by law, it is unlawful for any person to sell, possess, conceal, store, or convey any alcoholic beverage on which any tax or license fee imposed by this title has not been paid.”