Deputies make arrests after locating illegal cockfighting operation

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) deputies received information that an illegal cockfighting operation was taking place at a farm at 12585 SW 16th Avenue in Summerfield, FL. When deputies arrived, they located numerous individuals fleeing from a barn that contained an active cockfighting ring. Five individuals were arrested after they were captured while trying to flee the area.

Deputies located approximately 60 roosters at the location, some of which showed injuries from having been used for fighting. The Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) responded and conducted a search warrant at the location. They located a large quantity of marijuana (451 grams), cocaine (4 grams), $5,863 in cash, a firearm and high-capacity clips with live ammunition. Also located were numerous items of drug paraphernalia along with paraphernalia associated with
cockfighting.

The MCSO Agricultural Deputy responded along with Marion County Animal Control who took possession of the roosters. The listed individuals were arrested and each charged with Fighting or Baiting Animals, a third degree felony, and placed into the Marion County Jail each with a $2,000 bond.

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