Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Brett Wellden and Bart Perrier conducted the investigation.
On Feb. 3, 2017, the Special Rangers received a report of three missing Corriente type heifers missing from the victim’s property. Fortunately, the heifers were branded and numbered, allowing for easy identification. Later the same day, the victim learned a business associate had purchased the missing cattle from Larry Joe “Skeeter” Longan, 42, also of Dustin, Okla. Longan is a neighbor to the victim. The cattle were recovered and returned to their rightful owner.
During the investigation, an active arrest warrant for Longan was revealed for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Once located, Longan was taken into custody Feb. 8, 2017 on the outstanding warrant and three counts of larceny of livestock. At the time of arrest he was found to be possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Longan was transported to the Hughes County Jail where he was booked and held in lieu of bond. Charges have been presented to the Hughes County District Attorney’s Office
Wellden and Perrier would like to thank the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on the case.
The investigation continues and more charges and arrests are possible as additional information is revealed.
“Through the teamwork with local law enforcement, we were able to arrest another thief,” said Wellden. “I look forward to continuing to work with officials in the area to finalize this investigation and make sure justice prevails.”
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 140-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.
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