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Cock Fighting Arrests On I-74

Posted On July 02, 2012
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The minivan with boxes containing the roosters believed to have been destined for cock fights in Kentucky.

Indiana State Police

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Nearly two dozen roosters believed to be heading to a cock fighting match were discovered during a traffic stop in Dearborn County.

 

On Friday at about 12:20 p.m., an Indiana State Police trooper stopped two vehicles for minor traffic violations on Interstate 74 near the St. Leon exit. The car and van appeared to be travelling together.

 

A crowd of humans and chickens were found in the vehicles. There were five male adults, three male juveniles, and 21 roosters.

 

That’s not all the troopers found. There were also various items commonly associated with cock fighting.

 

“The investigation revealed the two vehicles and occupants were enroute to Lexington, Kentucky where the roosters were going to be sold for the purpose of a cock fighting contest that was to take place later that evening,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze.

 

Troopers arrested four of the adults on 21 counts of Conspiracy to Possess a Fighting Animal (Class D felony) and one count of Possession of Fighting Animal Paraphernalia (Class B misdemeanor). They are Jesus Behena Reyes, 28; Vidal Sanchez, 45; David Sanchez, 43; and Frederico Rojas, 27, all from Lafayette, Indiana.

 

Each of the men were transported them to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

 

The roosters were turned over to Dearborn County Animal Control.