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Making ‘hootch’ in the slammer

By Staff | Jul 27, 2009

If you are going to be doing any moonshining, most likely it will be where law enforcement officials won’t be able to find you.

So, it’s probably safe to say that locked up behind bars is not a good idea.

Faribault County inmate Maclain Ray Hoyt recently found out that his cell was not the best place for brewing some homemade booze.

Jail administrator Geary Wells says it’s been a long time since anyone has tried making alcohol while in jail.

“It’s been attempted in the past, but we eventuallycatch it. It was discovered during a shakedown,” says Wells.

On June 2, jailer Mitch Murphy discovered several containers of orange juice in Hoyt’s cell.

The jail-issued plastic juice cups were neatly placed on a white washcloth on the bottom of a plastic tote bag given to prisoners to keep personal items.

Some of the unsealed cups were bulging and emitting an odor of strong fermentation, says the complaint.

There also was a solid substance at the bottom of the orange juice.

On a particular day, dispatchers reportedly saw Hoyt vomiting in his cell toilet. It is believed he may have drank some of the orange juice containing “hooch.”

When officials tested fumes from the orange juice, the results showed an alcohol-content level of .175.

The 23-year-old Hoyt faces one count of introducing contraband into the jail.

The charge is a gross misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year and a $3,000 fine.

He also was charged with fourth-degree criminal damage to property for ruining several pair of jail-issued underwear with a black marker. The maximum penalty is 90 days and a $1,000 fine.

Since the incident occurred, Hoyt was released from jail on July 16 after completing a sentence for furnishing alcohol to a person under 21. He had been in custody since Feb. 4.