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Truckers kidnapped and killed by masked men both had previous cargo theft charges


Two truckers who died after being kidnapped and tortured in south Florida had been previously investigated on cargo theft charges.

On December 5, the bodies of truckers Osmar Oliva, 50, and Johan Gonzalez Quesada, 26, were found dumped in the front yard of an abandoned house at 1801 Rutland Street in Opa-Locka, Florida.

A third man survived and was able to flag down a passing driver. That man is in the hospital listed in critical condition. His identity has not been released.

Police say that the three men were kidnapped by masked men and tortured for hours in a moving truck before they were shot in the head execution-style and dumped in the Opa-Locka yard.

Oliva owned Opa-Locka-based trucking company Oliva Delivery Corp.

Both Oliva and Quesada had previously been charged with cargo theft, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

Oliva was arrested in 2007 by Miami-Dade Police after he was caught off-loading cargo from a stolen truck that was tracked by a GPS device. Charges against him were dropped the next year.

Gonzalez Quesada was arrested last year after loads of frozen shrimp and air conditioning units that were reported stolen were located at his residence. GPS devices were used to track the stolen loads. He pled not guilty to charges related to cargo theft and is awaiting trial.

Miami-Dade Police are offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information on the trucker slayings. Anyone with information is asked to call (305) 471-8477.


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