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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Craigslist helps nab alleged moonshiners

By Washington Post editors

A couple of Woodbridge men allegedly used Craigslist to advertise their still. Unfortunately for them the people who responded to their posting were undercover Virginia alcohol agents.

WUSA 9 reports that Alcohol Beverage Control agents arrested Lee Joseph Chraska, 26, and Joseph Allen Chraska, 23, in connection with the sale of illegal alcohol and distilling equipment.

The agents, along with members of the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, answered the ad while other agents conducted a search of the Chraskas home in Woodbridge. Once there officials said they found a larger still, moonshine, marijuana and a handgun.

Both men were released on an unsecured bond.

By Washington Post editors  | February 11, 2011; 12:28 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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love to see the text of that craigslist ad. "for sale -- white lightning -- bring your own jug" or what?

Posted by: a-littlebird-ptolemy | February 11, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Leagalize it.

The ban on moonshine is just an issue of taxation, homebrewing was illegal until 1979 when Carter legalizeditm and home distilling should have these crazy restrictions lifted. Homebrewing started a craft brew revolution that unseated the large corporate breweries that were making really awful beer, it's time to start a craft ditilling market

Posted by: Baltimore137 | February 11, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Why does this agency exist again? Ahh, yes - to protect corporate profits.

They are enemies of freedom, and in that vein, treasonous.

Posted by: Trout1 | February 11, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Why does this agency exist again? Ahh, yes - to protect corporate profits.
They are enemies of freedom, and in that vein, treasonous.
Posted by: Trout1
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WTF? Seriously? Treasonous?
Your nom de plume servers you well - you have the intelligence af a minnow.

Posted by: overed | February 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's compare IQ's, corporate/fascist apologist.

Posted by: Trout1 | February 11, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's compare IQ's, corporate/fascist apologist.
Posted by: Trout1
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LOL

I'm sure your fight "for the people" gets you all the chicks doesn't it?

And what, exactly, about my initial post gives you a vision of my political or business leanings? It addressed your hyperbolic declaration of treason - not my position on the use/need for the ABC board.

Posted by: overed | February 11, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess these two guys weren't missed at Mensa meetings.

Posted by: ronjaboy | February 11, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

In keeping with one of our favorite mantras, “Safety first, fun second,” we wanted to share a few tips on staying safe on Geebo and other classified sites.

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No news is good news…usually! If you’ve never heard of a particular site do a little online sleuthing to see what comes up. If news stories about illegal activity occurring on a particular site pop up, steer clear! In the event you find news stories about the site’s dedication to online safety and security, go forward!

Posted by: greg58 | February 13, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

In keeping with one of our favorite mantras, “Safety first, fun second,” we wanted to share a few tips on staying safe on Geebo and other classified sites.

Go Local! Only buy and sell with people you can meet with in person and at a public place.

No one likes uninvited houseguests…so do not place your address in your ad.

Private info is meant to be private. Respect your own privacy by keeping your account numbers and Paypal login to yourself.

Unbelievable offer? Then it is likely unbelievable. Walk away!

What fun is life if everything is simply handed to you? Submit your classified ads only to sites that review your post before it goes live. Instant gratification is nice, but when it comes to automatic classified posting it will leave you and your belongings vulnerable.

Criminal fiction is fine, but criminal fact is not! Save your Rated R tastes for the movies and only use classified sites with G-rated content. Sites which allow more risqué posts, such as adult ads, have been known to facilitate human trafficking and provide outlets for other crime.

No news is good news…usually! If you’ve never heard of a particular site do a little online sleuthing to see what comes up. If news stories about illegal activity occurring on a particular site pop up, steer clear! In the event you find news stories about the site’s dedication to online safety and security, go forward!

Posted by: greg58 | February 13, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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