Elderly man sells horse meat to police officers for $7 per pound


Manuel Coto-Martinez 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was arrested on a charge of selling illegal horse meat after allegedly selling horse meat to undercover police officers, according to police in Florida.

Miami police said that they have arrested 70-year-old Manuel Coto-Martinez, following a raid on a horse slaughterhouse located at 13202 NW 182nd Street.

If convicted, Coto-Martinez faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $300,000. Police launched an investigation after several horse carcasses were dumped near the slaughterhouse.

Undercover police officers then posed as a husband and wife, and met with Coto-Martinez. When he sold the two horse meat for $7 per pound, he was arrested.

In the past, Coto-Martinez was fined for improperly running a pig slaughterhouse at the property.