RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE: One man was arrested on December 18th in connection to the illegal wine operation that was set up in the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Rainsville.
Allen Maurice Stiefel, 62 of Fyffe, was charged with unlawful possession of an illegally manufactured alcoholic beverage, a misdemeanor and use of official position for personnel gain, which is a class B felony.
Stiefel was the supervisor of the plant and was suspended earlier this morning without pay.
The employee had been working for the department for 15 years according to WAFF’s Kate Smith. She was present at a press conference held in Rainsville on Friday conducted by the Mayor.
Tune in to WAFF newscasts throughout the day to hear further reports from Kate Smith.
ORIGINAL: Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office are clearing out a wastewater plant after discovering an illegal wine operation was taking place inside.
Deputies tell WAFF they received a tip about illegal alcohol being brewed at the Rainsville Wastewater Treatment Plant located on Horton Road.
That tip is what sent investigators on the hunt today. However, they said when they went searching, the gate was locked.
The Mayor of Rainsville assisted the investigation team and unlocked the gate.
They soon discovered a large amount of illegal wine and brewing tools on site.
Rainsville just recently became a wet city after a vote passed in August of this year.
This is an ongoing investigation, officials with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and Alabama Beverage Control Board (ABC) are son site.
WAFF is on the scene working to get you more details. Stick with WAFF for updates both online and on-air.