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Man connected to cattle rustling ring arrested again for livestock theft in Texas

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 15:52:39-04

ST. LANDRY PARISH — A Rapides Parish man arrested in connection with livestock theft out of St. Landry Parish has been arrested again for livestock theft in Texas.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested Justin G. Thompson of Hineston on Tuesday September 3 on three warrants from Texas for theft of livestock in excess of $91,000. LDAF says the warrants were a result of an investigation conducted by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, special rangers in Woods County, Texas.

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

“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.

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.