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Louisiana Man Connected to Cattle Rustling Ring Arrested Again

LDAF assists Texas authorities to apprehend suspect

September 4, 2019

Baton Rouge, La.  (September 4, 2019) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested a Rapides Parish man who was wanted for livestock theft in the state of Texas.

Justin G. Thompson of 127 Pilgrim Road, Hineston, La., was arrested on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by LDAF brand inspectors on three warrants from the state of Texas for theft of livestock in excess of $91,000.  The warrants were a result of an investigation conducted by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, special rangers in Woods County, Texas.

“This is not the first time Justin Thompson has been in trouble with the law. He was previously arrested by our brand inspectors on similar charges,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.

The LDAF received a request to assist the special rangers in locating Thompson on outstanding warrants. LDAF brand inspectors were assisted by the Louisiana State Police and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department in locating him and making the arrest. Thompson was arrested by authorities off U.S. 190 west of Opelousas.

LDAF brand inspectors previously arrested Thompson and his parents, Ricky and Wanda Thompson, for felony theft of livestock in June 2018 in connection with stealing more than $1 million in livestock from four Louisiana livestock sale barns. At the time of that arrest, they faced criminal charges in Allen, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge and St. Landry parishes.

Thompson was out on bond in the Allen Parish case at the time of this most recent arrest. Bond will be set in Texas.