Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough man accused of illegally selling horse meat

TAMPA — Deputies arrested a self-described flooring worker this month after the five bags of meat he sold undercover authorities turned out to be horse meat, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Jorge Felix Ortega, 26, of 6327 Gant Road, was approached by undercover operatives asking to buy horse meat for human consumption on Feb. 19, an arrest report said. Ortega, who lives on a farm, sold the detectives 40 pounds of meat for $160, the report said. The meat was sent to the USDA for testing.

On Nov. 6, deputies arrested Ortega on charges of selling, buying, possessing or illegally transporting horse meat. He was released on $2,000 bail.

Sheriff's spokesman Det. Larry McKinnon said his agency received reports of extensive illegal sales of horse meat in Hillsborough, but a rigorous investigation revealed only one case.

In Florida, it is illegal for people to slaughter horses with the intention of selling the meat for human consumption — but not illegal for them to slaughter horses to eat themselves or provide meat for big animal rescues.

McKinnon said proving the intent poses a problem for investigators. It's up to lawmakers to decide if restrictions should be tightened, he said.

Hillsborough man accused of illegally selling horse meat 11/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida football has become something to be endured, not enjoyed

    College

    The Jim McElwain era at Florida is something to be endured, not enjoyed.

    Florida Gators defensive lineman Khairi Clark (54) leaves the field after the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. The Florida Gators lost to the Texas A&M Aggies 17-16 MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
.
  2. Who wants to trade? Hillsborough offers to swap land with Ybor-area property owners for potential Rays ballpark

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Trades are common when assembling a professional baseball team. Apparently, they're also useful when assembling land for a professional ballpark.

    Aerial photo of Ybor City centered around Centro Ybor and 7th Avenue. Hoping to assemble the land for a ballpark near Ybor City and the Channel District, Hillsborough County officials could government property with landowners there. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times.
  3. Hurricane Irma thrashed Tampa Bay homes sales in September

    Real Estate

    Hurricane Irma not only downed thousands of trees throughout the Tampa Bay area: It also sent home sales plunging in September.

    This home on Tampa's Davis Islands home sold in September for $5.2 million, making it the priciest sale of the month in the Tampa Bay area.
[Courtesy of Judson Brady Photography]
  4. Cannon Fodder podcast: Most important stat in Bucs-Bills game

    Blogs

    Greg Auman talks about the uncertainty at quarterback for the Bucs as they go to Buffalo in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Interceptions, such as this one by Brent Grimes against Arizona, will be the most important stat in Sunday's game.
  5. Encounters: In the quiet of exam rooms, women have been saying 'Me too' for years

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Meet her with her clothes on.

    Don't make her greet you in a paper gown, slits down the front and flimsy ties. Shake her hand, if she wants to, and introduce yourself. Pause between sentences. This will make it clear that you are listening; that you will listen, to whatever she has to say. Observe what …

     Pam Kelly, a gynecologist at Tampa General Hospital's Family Care Center at HealthPark, teaches future doctors at the University of South Florida how to identify and treat victims of sexual assault. Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times