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68 arrested in alleged San Bernardino County cockfighting ring

Rooster at alleged cockfighting barn
San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies arrested 68 people in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring after raiding a barn over the weekend in Hesperia.

The raid took place about 10 a.m. Saturday on the 14000 block of Summit Valley Road, the sheriff’s department said.

Some 75 people were at the alleged cockfight and scattered as deputies arrived in trucks, aided by helicopters overhead, and tried to detain as many as they could, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies found the carcasses of several dead roosters and seized 63 live birds and $20,000 in cash that had been used to gamble on the fights, sheriff's officials said.

Participants came from La Puente, Panorama City, Lancaster, Riverside, Victorville and Hesperia, sheriff's officials said.

The barn’s owner and alleged event organizer, Daniel Urena, of La Puente, also was arrested, sheriff's officials said.

Those detained were booked on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty, cockfighting and animal sport cruelty. Immigration holds were placed on 32 people suspected of being in the country illegally, the department said.

“We will not let or allow this blood sport to flourish in the County of San Bernardino,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops in a statement. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (760) 868-1006 or (760) 552-6800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463). 

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-- Sam Quinones

twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: Rooster at alleged cockfighting barn. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

 
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