Apparently in Ireland, the coppers won't bother you if you make illegal whiskey, unless you make bad illegal whiskey. Irish Central.
I enjoyed that. Gave me a good chuckle especially when they stole their poitin back from the police. I don't doubt it, having first hand experience with some incompetent small town Gardai in Ireland back in 1980.
See, this is what we need in the U.S.: a law against BAD whiskey, and let anyone who want to risk the jail time try their hand at distilling.