U.S.-bound truckload of Alberta beef disappears

Over $230,000 in JBS beef hasn't turned up, RCMP says

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A reefer truck loaded with over $230,000 in beef from the JBS plant at Brooks, Alta. is more than two weeks overdue and alleged to be travelling on “fraudulent documents,” RCMP say.

Brooks RCMP said Monday they’re investigating after a transport truck that was subcontracted to haul a full load of beef from the JBS plant to the U.S. “failed to make its delivery” on Aug. 30.

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It’s since been found that the truck was allegedly operating not only under fraudulent documents but a “fraudulent name,” listed as “Transport Pascal Charland” out of Chateauguay, Que., RCMP said.

Police described the truck as a burgundy semi with a large bunk, pulling a white refrigerated trailer.

Their suspect is described as a “slightly balding” Caucasian male with short brown hair, tall with a heavy build and wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt, yellow fluorescent vest and a surgical mask.

The same trucking company name and location were alleged to have been given in a separate case involving disappearing hot tubs, Thorsby RCMP said in a separate release on Sept. 4.

A numbered company name, 10036218 Canada Inc., was also given in that case, RCMP said.

A flat-deck trailer, hitched to an unmarked white Volvo semi, is alleged to have been loaded up on Sept. 2 with seven Arctic Spas hot tubs “without legal authority” and driven off from the Arctic Spas manufacturing plant at Thorsby, about 50 km southwest of Edmonton.

Thorsby RCMP described their suspect as a Caucasian male aged 30-40, about five feet six inches tall with a heavy build and short brown hair.

Anyone with information on the vanishing beef is asked to call Brooks RCMP at 403-794-4400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anyone with information on the missing hot tubs is asked to call Crime Stoppers at the same number or call Thorsby RCMP at 780-789-3613. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

A photo of the truck and trailer allegedly used to take beef from the JBS plant at Brooks, Alta. (Photo courtesy Brooks RCMP)

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