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Recent years have seen an increase in the number of cattle hustlers in rural America.
Many of the thieves sell the cattle in order to afford their drug addictions — methamphetamine and similar drugs are increasingly prevalent in many areas.
Cattle hustling is a far more lucrative to these petty thieves than other forms of robbery.
In Oklahoma, local police force are carrying out sting operations in order to tackle the problem effectively.

The first time Scout Thrasher stole two cows and hauled them across a state line and sold them, he was 17 years old. After he pocketed the cash and drove home, his stomach-churning fear of being caught in the act turned to euphoria. “After you make that much money that quick, [there’s] really no other way to do it,” he says.

Over time, Mr. Thrasher became convinced that he was invincible — that the law enforcement officials devoted to tracking down cattle rustlers in this state of farms and feedlots and ranches would never get him. Not Scout Thrasher. “I had that mentality that I was bulletproof,” says Thrasher. “They couldn’t catch me.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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