Published 12 January, 2010, 20:28

A major meat smuggling scam from America has been smashed in central Russia.

Police stopped a large trailer carrying 22 tonnes of contraband produce – some believed to have been frozen for up to 35 years – meat that technically could have been served to US President Richard Nixon.

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The food, which came from the US, South America, Canada and Belgium, was delivered via Ukraine.

According to officials, the criminal gang delivered the meat to Moscow where it was sold using forged documents.

Two members of the group have been detained and, if found guilty, could face 12 years in prison.

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