The four men were arrested early Monday morning and charged with stealing over $ 500,000 of Patron Tequila in Tampa, Florida.
MPs say they found Vidal Estrada, Lemuel Escobar, Humberto Ramirez and Alberto Obayu picking up the Patron Tequila boxes from a stolen semi-trailer after a driver found him missing after stopping for lunch in Tampa, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff.
The men allegedly had already moved 20 crates of tequila into a closed-body truck they registered before the MPs found them.
According to the sheriff’s office, there were about 966 cases of tequila with a retail value of $ 507,105.
All four men were charged with resisting an officer without violence, major theft and robbery of an unoccupied vehicle. Obaya, 46, was additionally charged with possession of a prohibited substance.
The men are being held in jail and are due to appear in court on Tuesday.