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Moonshine still, pot seized near Somerset

Man, 51, arrested after search on property

A moonshine still and a small crop of suspected marijuana were allegedly found at a man’s rural Somerset property after law enforcement officials conducted a raid there last week.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said deputies were alerted Aug. 1 by the Department of Revenue’s Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit. Agents with the department had received information that moonshine was being sold at a St. Croix County bar.

That information led to the execution of a search warrant at a town of Star Prairie home in the 2000 block of County Road C.

Knudson said deputies and revenue department agents seized items related to “a marijuana grow and an alcohol still.”

Arrested at the scene was 51-year-old Roger G. Larson II, who was jailed on suspicion of manufacturing THC and manufacturing intoxicating liquor without a permit.

Knudson said it wasn’t clear how long the operation had been active, though “it’s safe to say it had been going on for at least a couple months,” he noted.

Both the pot and the still operations were found outdoors on the property, Knudson said. The marijuana grow wasn’t considered a major operation, he said.

Knudson said there didn’t appear to be information substantiating the claim about moonshine being sold at a local bar. Justin Shemanski, director of the revenue department’s Office of Criminal Investigation, declined to comment on the case and the allegations of moonshine being sold at a bar.

“We don’t make comments on open investigations,” he said.

The case was sent to the St. Croix County district attorney for possible charges.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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