MONTREAL - Eighteen people have been arrested in a massive heist of maple syrup, Quebec police said Thursday.
The accused face a variety of charges including theft, conspiracy, fraud and receiving stolen goods.
Provincial police said in a statement they are looking for seven more people in the case.
The sweet stuff was stolen in the town of Saint-Louis-de-Blandford between August 2011 and this past July.
About 2.7 million kilograms of maple syrup, worth up to $18 million, was reported missing after a routine inventory check last summer.
Officers from the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement helped Quebec police in the investigation, which featured interviews with 300 people in the maple syrup industry in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and the northern U.S.
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Pork Tenderloin With Maple-Mustard Glaze
Pork tenderloin makes a succulent supper dish, and it takes just minutes to put together. The sweetness of the maple creates a caramelized crust on the pork and is balanced out by the use of spicy mustard. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-tenderloin-with-mapl_n_1056905.html" target="_hplink">Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Mustard Glaze</a> recipe</strong>
Maple Yogurt Coffee Cake With Blueberries
The inclusion of maple syrup in this cake lets you get away with adding healthy ingredients. Whole wheat flour, barley flour and flaxseed meal all make it in, and no one will ever know it. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-yogurt-coffee-cake-_n_1057460.html" target="_hplink">Maple Yogurt Coffee Cake with Blueberries</a> recipe</strong>
Maple-Glazed Chicken Breasts With Mustard Jus
If you thought chicken breast was boring, think again. When it's glazed with maple syrup, sherry vinegar and orange juice you just can't go wrong. And served atop sauteed greens and bacon, this is one supper you'll be making often. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-glazed-chicken-brea_n_1058540.html" target="_hplink">Maple-Glazed Chicken Breasts with Mustard Jus</a> recipe</strong>
Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry With Sesame
A version of Korean stir-fry, this recipe adds some additional flair. One of the new ingredients is the use of maple syrup, which adds a playful sweetness. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-root-vegetable-stir_n_1061064.html" target="_hplink">Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Sesame</a> recipe</strong>
Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake
This is one of the best upside-down cake recipes we've come across. The one cup of maple syrup which the recipe calls for flavors both the apples and the cake, making it taste like a cross between breakfast pancakes and dessert. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-apple-upside-down-c_n_1059599.html" target="_hplink">Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake</a> recipe</strong>
Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon
This recipe takes literally 15 minutes to put together, and it's tastier than most salmon dishes you order in restaurants. The secret: mustard, maple syrup and paprika. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/smoky-maple-mustard-salmo_n_1062567.html" target="_hplink">Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon</a> recipe</strong>
Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding
It's the inclusion of maple syrup that transforms this common tapioca pudding into an elegant dessert. The maple-nut topping is a nice addition, too. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/maple-walnut-tapioca-pudd_n_1061508.html" target="_hplink">Maple-Walnut Tapioca Pudding</a> recipe</strong>
Rutabaga-Turnip Gratin With Maple Syrup
The inclusion of rutabaga and turnips may lead you to believe that this is one of those health-food dishes, but don't be fooled, it's not. This dish is savory and rich, creamy and sweet, and the maple syrup takes center stage. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/rutabaga-turnip-gratin-wi_n_1062585.html" target="_hplink">Rutabaga-Turnip Gratin with Maple Syrup</a> recipe</strong>
Watercress And Fennel Salad With Blood Orange
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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Toasted Marshmallows
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