A Penhook man has been charged with making illegal moonshine. This picture was provided by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

A Penhook man has been charged with making illegal moonshine. This picture was provided by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control / May 7, 2013)

A nine-month investigation by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents has resulted in moonshining charges against a Penhook man.

Agents say they destroyed two 800-gallon black-pot stills on Monday in eastern Franklin County. They also found 1,600 gallons of mash, 182 gallons of untaxed liquor, and other liquor-making supplies.

54-year-old Ricky Matherly was arrested on a felony charge of illegally making and bottling alcohol, and a misdemeanor charge of having untaxed alcohol. ABC agents say they also found a small amount of marijuana and a firearm at Matherly’s home. Other charges are pending.

ABC agents began their investigation into Matherly after getting a tip from a citizen in July 2012. Agents conducted undercover surveillance of the heavily wooded area where the alleged illegal still operation was found.

Matherly was charged at the Franklin County Courthouse in Rocky Mount and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Matherly could face one to five years in jail or a $2,500 fine on the felony charge. The misdemeanor is punishable of up to 12 months in prison, or a $2,500 fine.