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Alleged cock-fighting ring busted in Granville County

Posted May 6, 2012
Updated May 7, 2012

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— Law enforcement agents training to catch drug runners Sunday ended up helping Granville County authorities round up a dozen people believed to be running a real cock-fighting ring.

Granville County Sheriff Brindel Wilkins said that his deputies discovered dozens of roosters and cock-fighting equipment in a group of vehicles on N.C. Highway 96 near the Tar River bridge.

Deputies called in help from different law enforcement agencies that were nearby training along Interstate 85, the sheriff said.

Wilkins said they took 14 people into custody and charged 12 with cock-fighting after questioning. Ten were given $12 bonds, and two $10,000 bonds.

Altogether, deputies seized 63 roosters, one gun and $23,000 in cash, the sheriff said. Guilford County Animal Control will house the roosters temporarily.

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  • storchheim May 7, 2012

    I avoid going past the farm if I can. I hate to see them chained to those tiny "shelters" which might keep a light rain off the birds, but they can't even muster body heat in the winter, chained and stationary like that.

    And I beg to differ: no one who keeps animals like that and (probably) for that is a nice guy.

  • mauser8mm May 7, 2012

    with all the economic problems of the county and state why do we care about chickens? Did the LEO's really need to waste there time and resources to arrest people fighting chickens? what have we come to when we are more worried about chickens then the economics and health of our families.

  • Scubagirl May 7, 2012

    $12 bond?????? What good will that do? What will that prevent??
    Don't expect to see those folks in court.

  • Rebelyell55 May 7, 2012

    The coverage on 17 had more information. They showed that guys should of been locked up, the way they were cheating using those strap on razorblade. Can't even trust them to play fair when it comes to a chicken fight.

  • theendoftheroad May 7, 2012

    The roosters on 96 disturb me too. The fella that raises them is a nice guy, but if you didn't raise them for fighting why else would you have a hundred fighting roosters with small chains around their legs tethered to cages in your yard...
    Proud of the LEO's... guess the rooster fighters
    were at the wrong place at the wrong time with an additional 20 LEOs on 85....

  • Outlaw Josey Wales May 7, 2012

    Many of 12 were illegals according to WTVD, wonder why WRAL did not report this ??

  • dryjr May 7, 2012

    $12 dollar bonds?

  • storchheim May 7, 2012

    This is no surprise. First, there are many many latinos living here who don't speak English. Second, there's a rooster farm on 96 South within a mile of the interstate, but animal control can't do anything about it because they say the birds are well cared-for and they can't help what happens once they're sold.

  • kimsstressed May 7, 2012

    $12 bonds, really? That will surely make them show up in court... Not really worth the officer's time and energy. Thank you to law enforcement for your efforts.

  • hckyplyr72 May 7, 2012

    We came through there and had to stop due to all the police cars on the road. They had lots of K-9 units there. I'm sure they had no trouble sniffing out those crooks! That's Granville county...if the K-9's didn't get them the locals would.

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