Fourteen people are facing charges in a massive cargo theft ring that spanned from Florida to Georgia and resulted in over $3 million in losses.
The suspects stole a variety of items -- liquor, furniture, food, tires, parts and even cars -- in what officials call "Operation Full Load."
"These individuals would sniff out parked cargo trailers in industrial parks. They hunted parked tractor trailers," Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez said in a Monday news conference. "They hunted cargo which they could quickly fence. They hunted classic cars and they banded together to efficiently steal whatever they could."
Officials say 27 incidents connected to this operation occurred in Georgia and all over Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The accused leader Marcos Gonzalez Bernal and Alexis Simon-Quintero are among the 14 charged. Four other fugitives — Pavel Garcia Cruz, Yosmel Suarez, Raudel Rodriguez and Jorge Quintero are still at large.
All of the suspects face charges of racketeering, or conspiracy to commit racketeering, officials said,
The racketeering ring is allegedly responsible for over $3 million dollars in thefts.