Police are investigating the illegal sale of a grain alcohol concoction by an Omar Shrine Temple member and his girlfriend during a St. Patrick's Day party at the temple, authorities said.
On March 15, undercover officers were sent to the temple on Patriots Point Road after receiving a tip about illegal booze sales there. Officers found a woman selling Mason jars full of brown liquid from the trunk of Chevy Suburban owned by a temple member serving as master of ceremonies for the annual St. Patrick's Day Hillbilly Clan #82 celebration, according to a police report.
The undercover team purchased two jars full of "apple pie," a mixture of grain alcohol boiled with apple cider, apple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks, police said. Each jar sold for $20.
Investigators seized five jars from a cooler in the Suburban and another 58 jars from the couple's home in Hanahan, police said.
Sgt. Steve Meadows said police plan to charge the pair with illegal sale of a legal liquor.
Meadows said police also made several drug arrests at the party, but he didn't immediately have details this afternoon.
Verle Bohrn, recorder for the Omar Temple, said all of the illegal activities occurred outside the building itself and the Omar Shrine Temple doesn't condone of these activities. None of the people arrested on drug charges belong to the organization, he said.