Four people in French Polynesia have been detained and charged with theft and receiving stolen goods for running a pork trafficking operation in Tahiti.
The four are suspected of defrauding a local meat processing plant of more than $US3 million over six years.
Tahiti-infos reported a company butcher and two abattoir employees were alleged to have onsold the pork.
Investigators are reportedly trying to ascertain if the buyers, who included church congregations, knew about the origin of the pork as it was being sold at a discount.
The suspects risk long jail terms if they are found to have operated as an organised gang.