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Grow house search in Lehigh Acres leads to illegal moonshine still

Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 14:36:12-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. -- Detectives discovered a large illegal moonshine still in a Lehigh Acres home this week while investigating a marijuana grow house operation.

The bust was made in a home in the 1400 block of Congress Avenue on Monday.

According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy noticed suspicious activity at the home and called for backup.  Deputies then saw 38-year-old Roger Lee Wierengo, Jr. leave the home with a marijuana plant.  After apprehending Wierengo, deputies noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the home.

A search warrant was issued, and detectives found one bedroom equipped with marijuana grow house equipment, one plant, several clippings of plants, and 10 plant clones.

Inside the kitchen, detectives found a large copper distill, about 8 feet tall, and about 50 jars of alcoholic liquid inside a refrigerator.  The word "moonshine" was written on the side of the refrigerator with a price list underneath.

Wierengo was arrested and charged with possession of illegal liquor, liquor manufacturing, marijuana possession, marijuana producing, resisting arrest, and possession of weapon by convicted felon.

He remains in the Lee County Jail on $118,000 bail.