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Five charged after authorities raid suspected cockfighting ring in Lenoir County

Posted November 30, 2016

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— Authorities made five arrests and seized dozens of chickens Sunday after discovering a suspected cockfighting ring in Lenoir County.

Deputies said 30 to 40 people ran into the woods when they arrived at a home on Wheat Swamp Road north of Kinston, WITN reported.

Authorities seized between 125 and 150 chickens from the home, and they arrested four people and the renter of the property during the raid.

All five people charged were released after posting bond.

Carolina Water Fowl Rescue, a nonprofit group from the Charlotte area, picked up the seized chickens Tuesday.


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  • Bryan Jeffries Nov 30, 10:14 a.m.
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    That depends. Are you bloodthirsty? Do you only want to see a knockout? If the answer either or both is yes, then you're part of the problem.

  • Benjamin Kite Nov 30, 9:31 a.m.
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    I am very thankful to those law enforcement officers who busted these violent criminals.

  • Rod Runner Nov 30, 9:25 a.m.
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    How is training to fight the same as seeing a fight?

    Do you also say this to all the people that go to boxing matches?

    "Stop watching boxing, go be a boxer, you lazy person you!"

  • Bryan Jeffries Nov 30, 9:04 a.m.
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    If people want to see fighting so badly, they need to get their lazy rear in the gym and train.