If the title does not say it all, then I do not know what will.
A rattlesnake rancher who calls himself Bayou Bob found a new way to make money: Stick a rattler inside a bottle of vodka and market the concoction as an “ancient Asian elixir.” But Bayou Bob Popplewell’s bright idea appears to have landed him on the wrong side of the law, because he has no liquor license.
Popplewell, who has raised rattlesnakes and turtles at Bayou Bob’s Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch for more than two decades, surrendered to authorities Monday. He spent about 10 minutes in jail after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission obtained arrest warrants on misdemeanor charges of selling alcohol without a license and possessing alcohol with intent to sell.
If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Popplewell said he will fight the charges. His intent, he said, is not to sell an alcoholic beverage but a healing tonic. He said he has customers of Asian descent who believe the concoction has medicinal properties.
“It’s almost a spiritual thing,” said Popplewell, 63.
But alcohol commission agent Scott Jones pointed out that investigators confiscated 429 bottles of snake vodka and one bottle of snake tequila. At $23 a bottle, that’s almost $10,000 worth of reptilian booze.
Even if Popplewell intended his drink be used as a healing tonic – an assertion the alcohol commission disputes – his use of vodka requires a state permit, authorities said.
“It’s sold for beverage purposes, and he knows what he’s doing,” commission Sgt. Charlie Cloud said.
Popplewell said he uses the cheapest vodka he can find as a preservative for the snakes. The end result is a super sweet mixed drink that Popplewell compared to cough syrup.
“I’ve honestly never seen a person drink it,” he said.
My solution: I think Bayou Bob was selling it on the side, why else would he sell it? Cough medicine, that is too funny. Now, Bob should have been more discreet in selling his products. What happened is that someone probably snitched on him because they were jealous of his money making scheme, or he made someone mad. So, if you are going to do something illegal, which I advise you do not, but….if you do, do not trust everyone! You have to use your brain sometimes.