Facebook Moonshine Probe Leads To Arrests



Police in Florida said a Facebook post offering illegal moonshine for sale led to the arrests of three people in an undercover operation. Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a woman and two men in connection to the sale of moonshine. The investigation started after deputies got an anonymous tip on January 12th about Alton Trowell, 31, selling moonshine over Facebook. An undercover detective called the number listed on the profile and talked to Trowell’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Christie Comkowycz. Comkowycz allegedly offered to sell the detective 192-proof grain alcohol for $20 per pint and negotiated the sale of 12 pints for $240. She also asked the detective, “are you a cop? Cause I don’t want to go to jail.” Deputies said the two arranged to meet in a parking lot. They said Comkowycz and roommate, 20-year-old Dalton Ridlon, got there and showed the liquor, stored in Mason jars, to the detective. The undercover officer gave them money and took the jars. Then detectives placed Ridlon and Comkowycz under arrest. Detectives said Comkowycz told them Trowell was arrested the night before on unrelated drug charges, but she kept using his cell phone and Facebook profile to sell moonshine in an effort to raise money for Trowell’s bond.