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$80,000 worth of chicken found rotting in trailer after truck driver’s failed ransom attempt

By Mason White 1:43 PM October 1, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A truck driver thought he can earn extra cash by forcing a company to pay ransom for a truckload of chicken.

The trucker from Nampa, Idaho, who was employed by Dixie River Freight Inc, was driving a tractor-trailer carrying 35,000 pounds of frozen chicken, which was worth $80,000.

The driver decided to hold the chicken for ransom. He sent text messages to his company, saying that he will deliver the chicken in exchange for a ransom.

When the company refused, the suspect dumped the 53-foot trailer in Wye, Montana, and left. The truck was reported stolen, but was only found this week.

The trailer was abandoned at the Flying J truck stop and was found dripping juices of rotting chickens. “This is quite unusual. It is not only unpleasant, but it is a waste of food and resources, as well as criminal,” Paige Pavalone, the spokesperson for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities are searching for the driver, who was identified as 42-year-old Christopher Hall. He was wanted for a parole violation and is now facing theft charges.

Now, the health department has to find a way to get the rotten meat to a landfill. It seems that the best plan now is to wrap the entire chicken trailer and take it to the landfill.

Dixie River’s insurance company will have to determine if the truck can be cleaned well enough for it to be safe to use again.