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Rancher Arrested for Selling Snake-Vodka 'Elixir'

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Rancher Arrested for Selling Snake-Vodka 'Elixir'

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Rancher Arrested for Selling Snake-Vodka 'Elixir'

Rancher Arrested for Selling Snake-Vodka 'Elixir'

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"Snake oil" is a term that means "fake." But would you believe snakes in a bottle of vodka are really an "ancient Asian elixir"? People bought the idea — for $23 a bottle — but the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission didn't. It had the rattlesnake rancher known as "Bayou Bob" arrested for selling liquor without a license. Bayou Bob says he'll fight the charges. The liquor — he says — was just a preservative for the snake.