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Drug raid turns up 800 birds

August 22, 2009 |  1:50 pm

Authorities are investigating whether 800 birds found in a San Bernardino County home during a drug raid were connected to an illegal cockfighting ring.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said the birds were discovered in a Phelan home during a search that resulted in the arrest of three men Thursday. The birds were removed by animal control officers.

Beavers said investigators were looking into whether the birds were pets or possibly connected to a nearby cockfighting ring that was busted last week.

The birds appear to have been pets or possibly fighting birds and not illegal exotic birds, according to the Daily Press of Victorville.

Authorities also found 20 marijuana plants and an ounce of methamphetamine in the house.

--Associated Press