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PCSO News Release

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News Date: 12/3/2010 

 Tennessee Man Arrested For Transporting Moonshine To Polk County 


Polk County Sheriff's deputies, working with Lake Wales Police (LWPD), the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, and the State of Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), arrested a Tennessee man for possession and transportation of moonshine after he brought several containers of moonshine to Polk County from Tennessee. 

According to the affidavit, Daniel McGuire, DOB 3/17/70, of Mountain City Tennessee, was spotted by a Lake Wales Police Officer with what appeared to be several containers of moonshine in  the trunk of his Ford Mustang in the parking lot of a restaurant in Lake Wales on December 1, 2010. The officer asked for assistance from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, and together deputies and LWPD made a traffic stop on McGuire's car on December 2nd. 

During the traffic stop, deputies found 83 quart-sized jars of moonshine in the trunk of McGuire's car.  McGuire told deputies he brought the cases of moonshine with him from Tennessee. He told deputies he intended on delivering the moonshine to a restaurant owner in Sebring, Florida. McGuire was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Moonshine, Transportation of Moonshine, Moving or Concealing Alcoholic Beverages with Intent to Defraud State, and Conspiracy to Violate the Beverage Law. 

Detectives then contacted officers from the state office of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) and together they investigated the woman to whom some of the moonshine had been delivered: Catherine Renee Watson, DOB 7/4/74, of Sebring. Watson is a manager at "Cowboys" bar in Sebring, and a former law enforcement officer in Glades, Hendry, and Hardee counties. McGuire told deputies he delivered three cases of moonshine to Watson on December 1st, and was to deliver seven more cases on December 2nd. 

With the assistance of Highlands County Sheriff's deputies, ABT officers and PCSO detectives met with Watson on December 3rd, and arrested her for Conspiracy to Violate the Beverage Law. She was booked into and bonded out of the Polk County Jail the same day.