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Brownsville Man Arrested for Stealing $1.2 Million of Fajita Meat

A Brownsville man has been arrested in connection with the theft of $1.2 million worth of fajita meat.

It was reported by Time Magazine that Gilberto Escaramilla, a former juvenile justice department employee, was arrested and charged with felony theft in the case of the theft of fajita meat. According to the Cameron County District Attorney's office, Escaramilla was fired in August and was arrested after investigators obtained a warrant and found packages of Tex-Mex food inside of his freezer.

Investigators say that Escaramilla would intercept county-funded food deliveries and would deliver them to his own customers. According to Time, the scheme was discovered when Escaramilla missed work for a doctor's appointment and a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas.

According to Texas Monthly, this is not the only meat theft that has occurred in Texas in recent years. In 2015, a string of brisket thefts also made headlines.

Photo by Lake Geneva County Meats

Photo by Lake Geneva County Meats

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