A Hillsborough County man arrested in a horse slaughter investigation earlier this year has reached a plea agreement.
Jorge Ortega Jr. will serve 18 months probation and will pay more than $1,000 in restitution to the USDA. He also must not have any contact with any horses, and after successfully completing probation, the charges will be dropped.
Ortega Jr., 26, was arrested on Nov. 6 for the sale of horse meat for human consumption, according to an affidavit from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. According to the affidavit, the meat was taken to a lab where they tested it and confirmed it was horse meat.
Arrest made in horse slaughter investigation: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/20211630/2012/11/28/arrest-in-horse-slaughter-investigation
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