Rockwood man pleads guilty in marijuana, moonshine case
James Ralph Enos II, 54, East Mud Pike, Rockwood, pleaded guilty Thursday to involvement in a marijuana and moonshine operation at his sugar camp.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12 on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession/manufacture of liquor, malt or brewed beverages, both ungraded misdemeanors.
A felony possession with the intent to deliver charge was withdrawn by prosecutors.
“My client entered a plea today admitting that he possessed marijuana and manufactured liquor without a license,” defense attorney Matt Zatko said Thursday.
On Aug. 7, state police troopers found what appeared to be marijuana growing in a cornfield on Enos’ property along Gebhart Road, just outside Rockwood.
Troopers located 55 suspected marijuana plants and asked PennDOT to transport the plants back to the Somerset station. Troopers also discovered a moonshine operation in a greenhouse. Inside a workshop police found 144 sealed Mason jars full of suspected moonshine, recipes and yeast packages, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Enos is facing a maximum sentence of four years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines, if the sentences are made to be served consecutively. It is rare for a defendant to receive the maximum sentence. Enos has no prior record, so the sentencing guidelines call for a much lesser sentence.