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Theft ring targeted truckloads of frozen beef across Upper Midwest

An extensive criminal organization was found to be behind 45 thefts in Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin that cost $9 million in damages as a result of stolen truckloads of frozen beef.

According to a statement released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the investigation was launched after the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in Lincoln, Nebraska, started looking into repeated thefts of semitrailers and cargoes of frozen beef.

The loss was once thought to be worth $1 million. However, 45 thefts totaling $9 million in losses have been reported across the Upper Midwest since June 2021 by Lancaster County and federal officials.

The DHS stated that the targeted beef and pork packaging factories were located in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. “This highly sophisticated Organized Criminal Enterprise is based out of Miami, Florida,” the DHS stated. The specific plants that were targeted were unknown at the time.

With assistance from federal detectives, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol recently detained three “primary targets” in the crime ring and recovered three truck trailers containing $550,000 worth of stolen goods.

Yoslany Leyva Del Sol, 38; Ledier Machin Andino, 37; and Delvis L. Fuentes, 39, were the three individuals detained. They are all locals of Miami.

According to the DHS, the three were detained for violating federal statutes against money laundering and conveying stolen property. The inquiry is still underway.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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