Mario Fernandez

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Meet Orestes Gonzalez, Busted in a 200-pound Horse Meat Sting

    Miami-Dade County's once-burgeoning horse meat black market has become a foolhardy trade due to prowling undercover cops and a new Florida law sending equine-flesh-peddlers to prison for a year. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of criminals still determined--or dumb--enough to sell horse m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Ain't No Party Like a Horse Meat Party

    ​In Coral Gables, it's wine and cheese. Along Calle Ocho, it's mojitos and arroz con pollo. In SoBe, it's vodka-Red-Bull and air. Deep in the farmlands of South Miami, apparently, they get down with Heineken and horse meat. On July 3, an anonymous tip alerted Miami-Dade cops to this bin sittin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Meet the Latest Guy Busted For Selling Horse Meat in Miami-Dade

    Miami-Dade Corrections​As you read this, Miami-Dade cops are making another arrest in relation to the rampant horse killings that have made headlines for the last year. Agriculture Crimes detective Mario Fernandez, a lead investigator of the phenomenon, tells Riptide that the squirrelly fellow on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Miami-Dade Cops Raise Reward for Horse Killers; We Post Gross-Out Photos

    ​On Wednesday, another horse was stolen and slaughtered in Miami-Dade County. The cat killer is officially passe. Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Police Department raised its reward for information about the horse killings to $7,000 -- and that's in addition to the $5,000 the Humane Society is offe ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 26, 2009

    Pork Pirates

    They'll slaughter your dinner as you watch — but don't tell the cops.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    On the Hunt for Illegal Slaughter in Northwest Dade

    Take a drive through West Miami-Dade -- anywhere from as far south as Kendall to beyond the northern borders of the county -- and you'll see the signs everywhere. Se Venden Puercos. Venden Animales. Animals for Sale. Guess what? The farmers inside ain't selling their pigs alive. But they certainly d ... More >>