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Busted: Man Caught Running an Illegal Pistachio Operation



The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office made a statement on Facebook  about the missing pistachios The statemen said, the Touchstone Pistachio Company noticed that 42,000 pounds of pistachios missing missing during a routine audit.

When an investigation was opened by the California company, Touchstone Pistachio Company  they found that one of their truck drivers was stealing buts from the trucking yard.

The Facebook post revealed, a tractor-trailer had been moved from the Montemayor Trucking lot in Delano to a nearby, unnamed lot. There, it was discovered that the pistachios were in 2,000-pound sacks.

The truck driver was planning to resell them in smaller quantities to make a profit but “The remaining pistachios were returned to the Touchstone Pistachio Company.” As reported on the company’s Facebook page.

Tulare County Sherriff’s Office reported- TCSO Ag Detectives Track Down Thief Who Stole Trailer With 42,000 Pounds of Pistachios

During the month of June, a routine audit by the Touchstone Pistachio Company revealed that 42,000 pounds of pistachios were missing. On June 17, the TCSO Ag Crimes Unit were contacted and requested to investigate the theft.

Yesterday, investigative leads in Fresno and Kern County discovered the tractor trailer containing the pistachios had been moved from the Montemayor Trucking lot in Delano to a nearby lot. Detectives found that the pistachios were being moved from 2000-pound sacks into smaller bags for re-sale.

The remaining pistachios were returned to the Touchstone Pistachio Company.

34-year-old Alberto Montemayor of Montemayor trucking was arrested and booked in Tulare County.

Fun facts about pistachios.

Felt tired after eating a lot of pistachios? NPR reports Pistachios contain about 660 nanograms melatonin per gram of pistachio, which was more than various other foods. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland to regulate the body’s internal biological clock and control daily sleep cycles.

They are loaded with B6,  magnesium Pistachios are low in calories and high in protein, potassium, and fiber. Plus, they’re packed with monounsaturated fatty acids that help control cholesterol. They are known to  help promote weight loss, according to a nutrition  study.

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