‘Moonshiners’ star convicted of possessing illegal firearm

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) – A Blairs man known for his role on the television show “Moonshiners” has been convicted of possessing an illegal firearm.

The Danville Register & Bee reports 39-year-old Steven Ray Tickle was found guilty Thursday in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court of possession or use of a saw-offed shotgun or rifle.

Prosecutor Bryan Haskins says a sheriff’s deputy spotted the weapon inside Tickle’s truck during a traffic stop July 12.

Tickle’s attorney Joe Garrett says Tickle was in a vehicle on his own property on U.S. 29. Haskins says the deputy began the traffic stop on the highway and Tickle pulled into his own driveway.

Garrett says there was no search warrant or consent to search.

Tickle stars in the Discovery Channel series, which depicts how the liquor moonshine is made.

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