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Northwest Miami-Dade Man Arrested For Illegally Selling Slaughtered Horse Meat

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    South Florida Man Arrested for Selling Horse Meat

    A South Florida man is arrested for illegally selling horse meat. (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2016)

    A 70-year-old Miami man is under arrest after an investigation by several agencies – including the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – found he was allegedly selling illegal horse meat.

    Manuel Coto-Martinez was arrested on two felony counts, including the unlawful sale of horse meat. On November 10th, an undercover Miami-Dade Police Department officer acting on a tip from an informant, purchased 20 pounds of meat for $140 from Coto-Martinez at his property off NW 182nd Street and 132nd Avenue, authorities said.

    Subsequent tests showed the meat was indeed from a horse.

    Coto-Martinez's brother, Lazaro Coto, said it's all a lie. He said they've worked in Miami for 50 years and called it a false alarm.

    Northwest Miami-Dade Man Arrested For Illegally Selling Slaughtered Horse Meat

    [MI] Northwest Miami-Dade Man Arrested For Illegally Selling Slaughtered Horse Meat
    Manuel Coto-Martinez was arrested on two felony counts, including the unlawful sale of horse meat.
    (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2016)

    Police determined the meat was not marked or stamped as “horse meat for human consumption” and it was not acquired from a licensed slaughterhouse. Currently, there are no facilities licensed to slaughter horses for human consumption in America.

    Coto-Martinez faces a mandatory one year sentence and $300,000 fine for selling the horse meat and could face up to five years in prison for year count.

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