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Wayne Co. sheriff's candidate questions camera in moonshine case

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WAYNESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee sheriff's campaign is fraught with accusations of dirty politics. But that's not all. It also involves hidden cameras and moonshine.

The district attorney says an investigation into a possible moonshine operation has been compromised.

On Durham Cemetery Road in the middle of Wayne County, came a surprising discovery after a hard rain.

"We found the camera down here a little ways. We found it in the ditch," said sheriff's candidate Timmy Dale Harris.

At first, Harris said he thought his opponent was spying on him.

"That was my first thought, and I got very angry about that," Harris said.

But that wasn't the case at all.

"If we were going to spy on somebody, you know, we would do it at their location. This was past the person's house that was accusing us of the spying," said Wayne County Chief Deputy Gerald Baer.

Baer said he was asked to assist Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Control and the police chief about a possible moonshine operation, so he placed the camera beside the road and covered it with sticks and brush.

"This camera was located on a county road in county right-of-way, and what was downloaded on this camera is jeopardized now and totally blows this investigation," Baer said.

After Harris found the camera, he took out the SIM card and viewed the photos.

District Attorney Mike Bottoms said any chance of the moonshiners being caught is now slim to none.

"The only factor in this case is the moonshiner got away this time," Bottoms said.

Harris said he's still looking for some answers, too.

"Why the camera was located nearly 200 yards on private property without any search warrant," he said.

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