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POLICE ARREST MAN BELIEVED TO HAVE KILLED 300,000 BIRDS … 

|| By FITSNEWS || It’s been a busy, crazy week in the Palmetto State, so you’ll forgive us for missing this update earlier in the week …

According to reporter Colby Gallagher of WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.), sheriff’s deputies in Clarendon County, S.C. have solved the great chicken caper.  Deputies arrested James Laverne Lowery earlier this week on twelve criminal counts related to the killing of more than 300,000 chickens being raised for Pilgrim’s Pride – a Greeley, Colorado-based company owned by Brazilian food giant JBS.

Some of the birds were frozen to death, others died of overheating – but all were killed deliberately, costing the company more than $1.7 million.

What prompted Lowery to kill all those birds?  According to police, he worked for Pilgrim’s Pride – until he was terminated for poor performance.

Now he’s staring down state as well as federal charges – as Clarendon County authorities have referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s office for a possible indictment related to tampering with the nation’s food chain.

Here’s Lowery’s mug shot …

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