Four men accused of butchering a cow west of Mareeba are facing stealing charges.
It’s alleged that the group found a dead steer on the roadside near a cattle station at Rookwood on February 9.
They allegedly butchered the animal and transported the meat to addresses in Chillagoe.
Officers executed search warrants on numerous homes in Chillagoe, seizing samples of meat for DNA comparison.
A 27-year-old Earlville man, a 34-year-old Mareeba man and two Chillagoe men aged 22 and 26 have been charged with stealing.
They are due in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on March 13.