Cockfighting bust leads to weapons, drugs

FUENTE: THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

by Nathan Gonzalez

A search by Maricopa County Sheriff’s investigators into cockfighting in the West Valley on Saturday recovered drugs, weapons and cash, officials said Sunday.

MCSO deputies carried out a search warrant at Wintersburg and Baseline roads, near Tonopah, after they discovered an organized cockfighting event.

The search resulted in the arrest of 69 people into Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of being present at a cockfight, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Of those arrested, 20 were suspected illegal immigrants, the sheriff’s office said.

Some of those arrested were wanted on outstanding warrants.

Investigators also towed 36 vehicles from the scene and recovered an unspecified number of weapons, drugs and cash, the sheriff’s office said.

MCSO Animal Cruelty Unit investigators were called to the scene as a cockfight was in progress and several people watched, Sheriff’s spokesman Lindsey Smith said Saturday. Numerous roosters were reportedly found caged in parked vehicles.

~ by politicaesaccion on May 16, 2010.

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