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Mugshot: Driver had $200K worth of stolen cheese?

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  • Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika, 34, is charged with receiving stolen property and fencing
  • Police say Balika had 42,000 pounds of stolen Muenster cheese in his truck
Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika is accused of transporting 42,000 pounds of stolen cheese

A man arrested at a service area off the New Jersey Turnpike is accused of transporting 42,000 pounds of stolen Muenster cheese.

WISC reported that 34-year-old Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika of Illinois allegedly provided false paperwork to a Wisconsin cheese distributor to get the $200,000 worth of cheese loaded onto his truck. New Jersey authorities said they believe Balika was planning to sell the cheese to east coast retailers for below market value.

"There's a black market for everything," a New Jersey State Police detective told WISC.

Lt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police told HLN Balika has been charged with receiving stolen property and fencing.

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