A Vermont maple sugar candy producer is alleged to have been caught with 12 tanker trucks worth of stolen syrup, traced back to the $20-million theft of the golden elixir from a central warehouse in a small Quebec town about 160 kilometres northeast of Montreal.
There were 18 arrests over three days in December and the seizure of forklifts, four kettles used to boil syrup, scales and other maple syrup processing equipment. Some of the accused will face a judge at the end of this month.
In a story of fantastic proportions, the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of syrup was systematically siphoned off from a warehouse rented by the Federation over the course of a year.
The organization tightly controls production and, more importantly, the price point for maple syrup in an industry estimated to pull in $270 million annually.