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Robeson County cockfighting bust nets 12 arrests

Posted May 21, 2012

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— A Robeson County raid Saturday led to the arrests of a dozen men after investigators found evidence of cockfighting on a property near Ashpole Swamp, according to the sheriff's office.

Robeson sheriff's deputies worked with the Humane Society of the United States, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, North Carolina Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigation, Lumberton Police Department SWAT and Bladen County Sheriff's Office SWAT to execute a search warrant at the property, about 8 miles south of Fairmont.

Seventeen chickens were seized; three were injured and three were dead, authorities said.

Authorities also seized money, weapons, vehicles – including one that was reported stolen in 2009 – and drug paraphernalia. 

The following men have been charged:

  • Troy Jack Collins, 73, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting, one count of cruelty to animals and one count of carrying a concealed weapon;
  • Troy Legrand Collins, 44, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Craig Caulder, 42, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Terry Russel Locklear, 40, of Dillon, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Timothy Kevin Bryant, 45, of Dillon, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Dennis Graham Simmons, 25, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Tommy Bass, 62, of Lakeview, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Hubert N. Kissam, 51, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • James Maurice Thompson, 50, of Fairmont, faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Nicholas Limon Martinez, 27, of Dillon, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of cruelty to animals;
  • Austin Michael Hamilton, 41, of Dillon, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting, one count of cruelty to animals and one count of carrying a concealed weapon; and
  • Tracey Meares, 38, of Dillon, S.C., faces one count of cockfighting and one count of cruelty to animals.

Cockfighting is a felony in North Carolina.

All 12 men were being held under a $5,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible, authorities said.

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  • lumbeechic2001 May 22, 2012

    rooster fighting in robeson co, so whats new? let the lumbees have their casino and this may go away. batcave May 22, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    So please explain to me where in the story it states anything about Lumbees? Just because something happens in Robeson County does not necessarily mean that it has anything to do with tribal people. Just by reading the article and looking at last names there were a lot more non Lumbee people there than.
    Having a casino will not stop a persons on mind set and how they treat others and animals. That is a personal choice.

  • savannahn8v May 22, 2012

    A BIG Thank you! to Robeson sheriff's deputies, the Humane Society of the United States, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, North Carolina Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigation, Lumberton Police Department SWAT and Bladen County Sheriff's Office SWAT....

  • batcave May 22, 2012

    rooster fighting in robeson co, so whats new? let the lumbees have their casino and this may go away.

  • firstperson76 May 21, 2012

    Sounds painful....

  • malonem1 May 21, 2012

    I think it's a shame that grown people have to go attend these chicken fights. It's disqusting and cruelty to ANIMALS. People need to occupy themselves with better things than watching a chicken die.

  • ajuneboykin May 21, 2012

    *still 1oftheOriginalAmericans*
    A human has the choice of being a boxer, MMA fighter, Cage fighter etc. Animals have no choice. They are at the mercy of cruel and idiotic humans. That IS a differance!

  • streetglide May 21, 2012

    Roosteres fight out of Animal nature,, just without the spurs,,like others said,, watch MMA / UFC,, what is the difference "bets the same, injury the same, other than killing each other,, which they would do in the wild, if they got a good partner, just does not happen as often as it would in a cage,, now DOG fighting is arranged by man, caused by man,, made to happen by man,, therefore shuld be stopped by man,,at all cost, dogs do not learn this on thier own,, encourged by man, for mans's on greed!

  • NiceNSmooth May 21, 2012

    How sick does a person have to be to enjoy watching chickens fight?

    lol... no more sick than watching boxing, MMA, cage fights etc

  • connieleigh4 May 21, 2012

    I am so glad people like this have been caught! I hope they get punished to the full extent of the law. Animals should never be used in such a manner! So sad. Now I hope they catch ones that have those dog fights too! This is so senseless!!!

  • justabumer May 21, 2012

    How sick does a person have to be to enjoy watching chickens fight?

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