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Tue May 14, 2019, 08:46 PM

Rooster fighting operation shut down in raid near Gillett

KARNES COUNTY – The local sheriff’s department along with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, and CID), Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division, Homeland Security agents, Victoria County Sheriff Office, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents executed a search warrant on a ranch located off Highway 887 west of the town of Gillett, near County Road 263.

The investigation leading up to the raid took a few months to compile the needed evidence to obtain the warrant, according to sheriff’s department investigators.

The coordinated raid occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, with 75 officers involved. Officers entered the property and found a large number of people participating in the fighting of roosters. Investigators found that this was an organized event to include roosters being brought to the location in air-conditioned cages stored in vehicles designed to transport these animals.

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Investigators at the scene recovered seven handguns, one assault rifle, $37,020 of United States currency, a quantity of powder cocaine, 22 automobiles, a large quantity of paraphernalia used to fight roosters, to include razors, bands, straps, and performance enhancing drugs given to the birds to enhance their fighting.

Read more: https://www.mysoutex.com/karnes_countywide/rooster-fighting-operation-shut-down-in-raid/article_15380ad2-71c4-11e9-bb7a-bbaa9a860ee6.html

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