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Four arrested in cockfighting bust in Johnston County

Posted July 25, 2010

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— Four people were arrested Sunday when authorities busted a cockfighting operation in Selma, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.

Deputies found dead chickens and spurs that are typically put on the chickens’ legs for fighting at 1729 Davis Homestead Road. Animal control workers also removed 23 live chickens and three dead chickens from the building.

Juan A. Villarreal, 25, of 1729 Davis Homestead Road in Selma; Victor A. Morales Lopez, 25, of Jacksonville; Emilio Aguilar Carrillo, 17, of 1179 Cleveland Road in Smithfield; and Cuauhtemoc Z. Rodriquez, 33, of 430 Christmas Light Road in Kenly, were charged with cockfighting and conspiracy. They were being held Sunday under separate $20,000 bonds. 

In 2005, the penalty for cockfighting was upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The United Gamefowl Breeders Association, a national organization that represents cockfighters nationwide, estimates then that there were more than 3,800 people in the state raising cockfighting birds.

Cockfighting birds are known carriers of avian diseases that threaten agriculture and people.

Bizzell said more arrests in connection with Sunday's bust are possible. The sheriff also said some cars at the cockfighting site had out-of-state license plates.

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  • NE Raleigh Jul 26, 2010

    "So I guess that means you should be deported if you ever break the law?"

    Good chance this is not their first arrest even if they are legal. I would be willing to bet it won't be their last either. I would imagine most people involved with fighting roosters, pitbulls, ect.. don't really pay attention to the law.

  • Stringbean Jul 26, 2010

    Thank you Paddie !!!.... it was the ASHEBORO, group.

  • paddie Jul 26, 2010

    Stringbean: Were they referring to the Johnston county group or the Ashboro bunch?
    http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/8031175/

  • Stringbean Jul 26, 2010

    New Radio is reporting they are illegal and are being held for ice.

  • rescuefan Jul 26, 2010

    "Is this what is meant by bringing great culture to the USA. This is culture we can do without. Deport them even if they are legal.
    NE Raleigh"

    So I guess that means you should be deported if you ever break the law?

  • NE Raleigh Jul 26, 2010

    Is this what is meant by bringing great culture to the USA. This is culture we can do without. Deport them even if they are legal.

  • rescuefan Jul 26, 2010

    "Silly Sheriff, didn't you get the memo? These folks are exempt from our laws and regulations....they have a special "civil rights" exemption, even more powerful than diplomatic immunity.
    6079 SMITH W"

    Did I miss something in this story that indicated that these people that were arrested were illegals? Or are you basing your comment solely on their last names?

  • Wake1 Jul 26, 2010

    C'mon, this is not right, not letting these people enjoy one of their favorite pastimes! We bend over backwards to accommodate everything else they want, why not this??

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jul 26, 2010

    "We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we've found a word or a combination of words that could potentially be considered inappropriate to some of our visitors."

    "cuckfighting" we can't use that word here, but the golo censors can, hypocritical leading by example if I ever did see one!

  • 6079 SMITH W Jul 26, 2010

    Silly Sheriff, didn't you get the memo? These folks are exempt from our laws and regulations....they have a special "civil rights" exemption, even more powerful than diplomatic immunity.