Alleged Cocke County moonshiner back in jail on weapons violations

Jack Mayfield, Jr. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
Jack Mayfield, Jr. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)

NEWPORT (WATE) – One of the men charged last month in a massive moonshine operation in Cocke County was arrested again Tuesday for allegedly violating the conditions of his pretrial release by owning firearms and dangerous weapons.

Jack Mayfield, Jr., 48, and two other men were indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally operating a distillery.

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Mayfield has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents show Mayfield signed an agreement on August 30 stating there were no firearms in his home.

During a phone call from Probation Officer Robert Welch on September 4, Mayfield claimed the only weapon remaining in the home was a bow without arrows.

However, according to the documents, when Welch visited Mayfield’s home the next day, he found a T. Davidson and Co. muzzle loader, a Smithsonian 12-gauge shotgun, a Hoyt Easton Gamegetter compound bow, three Superlite XX75 Cammo Hunter 2213 arrows, one Power Master 760 BB gun, and one Daisy BB gun.

Welch seized all the weapons. A warrant was issued for Mayfield’s arrest, which was carried out on Tuesday.

A bond revocation hearing is scheduled for October 2.

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