HESPERIA: 68 arrested at suspected cockfight venue

01 May

County and federal officers descended on a cockfighting event Saturday morning in Hesperia, arresting nearly 70 people and seizing more than $20,000 in cash that authorities say was being used to gamble on the fights.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies from stations throughout the region, as well as federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, took 68 people into custody as they tried to run from a barn in the 14000 block of Summit Valley Road, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Deputies found 63 dead roosters identified as fighting birds strewn on the ground or dumped into barrels, the department said.

The department said that Daniel Urena, of La Puente, owns the property and organized the cockfight, but it did not state specifically that Urena was among those arrested.

The operation began at 10 a.m. Saturday when the deputies, ICE agents, animal control officers from the county, Hesperia and Adelanto and county code enforcement officers showed up outside the barn.

Those attending the cockfight began to scatter, but in the confusion that followed, 68 people were rounded up.

It’s believed that about 75 people were in attendance, officials said.

Of the ones in custody, nine face felony counts, 59 misdemeanor charges and 32 have been placed on immigration holds as their legal residency status is checked, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Charges to be filed include animal cruelty, involvement in cockfighting and being a spectator at an event that features animals fighting.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this incident or related ones call sheriff’s Detective Marc Bracco at 760-552-6800, Deputy Chris Wadkins at 760-868-1006, or, to remain anonymous, the We Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.


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One response to “HESPERIA: 68 arrested at suspected cockfight venue

  1. Jeff Downer Bail Agent

    May 2, 2012 at 4:40 am

    They still put on cockfights? I would have hoped this type of gambling would have run its course. In this day and age. There are so many other forms of gambling that offer more comfortable settings and smell better.


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