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Horse Meat Sale at Illegal Slaughterhouse Leads to Florida Arrest


Authorities raided an illegal Florida slaughterhouse early Friday after undercover detectives bought horse meat multiple times at the location.

Police arrested Manuel Coto-Martinez, 70, of Miami-Dade. The state charged him with three felony counts, which includes the unlawful sale of horse meat.

Undercover detectives purchased 20 pounds of horse meat for $140 from Coto-Martinez in September, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office says. Detectives said the horse meat was for an anemic child. Some believe iron-rich horse meat can cure anemia and other ailments.

Detectives made a third purchase of illegal horse meat from Coto-Martinez in mid-November.

Police say the frozen horse meat was “not clearly stamped, marked and described as horse meat for human consumption” and “not acquired from a licensed slaughterhouse”.

In late July, animal advocates discovered two horses butchered for their meat in Miami-Dade.

If convicted, Coto-Martinez faces up to five years in prison on each count.