Tampa Man Arrested for Stealing Fuel with “Bladder Truck”

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement arrested Dian Jesus Oquendo Columbie, 31, of Tampa for filling a “bladder truck” with fuel using stolen credit cards. The fuel is typically resold on the black market. A “bladder truck” is a vehicle that has been retrofitted to include a fuel tank that is hidden from plain sight and can be used to hold large volumes of fuel.

“Consumer protection is one of our top priorities, and our agricultural law enforcement officers are the boots on the ground who protect Floridians,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Investigators recovered the 400-gallon bladder and four counterfeit credit cards from Columbie. He was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail, facing one charge of unlawful conveyance of fuel, a third degree felony, and he will face additional charges.

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