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Cattle rustling investigation leads to arrests; Hyde-Smith pushes branding

oreo-cows_webPICKENS — The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has arrested two individuals for livestock theft.

The Bureau anticipates additional arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future.

Lead MALTB investigator Mike McGowan, with assistance from the Holmes and Yazoo County sheriff’s departments, arrested Terrance Deon Wade and Deonvick Adams both of Pickens for the theft of 10 head of cattle from a victim in Yazoo County.

Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith said, “I urge all livestock owners to brand their livestock for identification purposes for instances such as this. With the temptation of higher cattle prices, criminals look for easy targets such as unbranded and unmonitored livestock for possible theft and resale. By branding their livestock, farmers help provide a future deterrent against theft.”

Jeff Stewart, director of MALTB, says livestock theft is still a problem in Mississippi and referenced another recent case his office completed that involved the theft and further arrest of five suspects for stealing 91 head of cattle. He added that a brand can be considered a serial number for livestock and a good insurance policy for livestock owners against theft.

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