Pennsylvania BLCE investigates 183 complaints

The state bureau of liquor control had a busy April investigating 183 complaints within the region that includes Warren County. Those investigations included the discovery of a moonshine still and related paraphernalia near a college campus in Erie County.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement District Office 8 enforces liquor laws at more than 1,214 state-licensed establishments in Warren, McKean, Erie, Crawford, Venango, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

During the month of April, 25 age compliance checks were conducted at various establishments. Those checks resulted in eight occasions where alcohol was sold to an underage buyer.

There were four violation letters sent and 20 warning letters issued for violation of liquor laws.

On April 3, state police at the Erie barracks requested the state bureau’s presence at University Gates Apartments, located next to Penn State University Behrend Campus in Harborcreek Township, Erie County.

State police troopers and liquor enforcement officers executed a search warrant the same day that a maintenance supervisor observed an active still in addition to drug paraphernalia. The maintenance supervisor had gone to the apartment to check on the report of a water leak.

During the search, troopers and officers seized: 78 liters of liquor (moonshine) stored in three five-gallon buckets and mason jars, 1.22 gallons of malt or brewed beverages, several bags of grain, sugar, smashed corn, distillers active dry yeast and components of the still. A small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found.

The two tenants of the apartment, identified as 19 and 20-year-old Penn State Behrend students were present during the search.

The pair declined to provide a statement at the time, according to state police. Criminal charges have been filed.