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Robeson deputies break up cockfight

Posted February 8, 2011

— Robeson County deputies arrested 14 people after raiding a cockfight near Red Springs over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities received an anonymous tip at about 2 p.m. Sunday about a cockfight taking place at a mobile home off Dixie Drive and Folks Road, east of Red Springs.

When deputies arrived, spectators began running off into the woods, and others hopped in their cars and sped away, said Maj. Howard Branch of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies towed 15 vehicles, he said. The 14 people charged in the case range in age from 19 to 35.

Investigators found one rooster dead and two others badly injured. One of the injured birds was later euthanized.

Cockfighting equipment, including metal spurs that are tied to the birds' legs, was seized.

Property owner Cedric McEachern, 35, was among those charged with cockfighting and felony conspiracy. His home is down a private, sandy road, shielded from the main road by brush and trees, and the property includes a shed with the words "Gamecock Man" spray-painted on it and roosters in cages.

McEachern denied the allegations, saying he breeds roosters and dogs to sell and that the people at his home were just hanging out.


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  • Journey985 Feb 9, 2011

    Must have run acrss some RPD officers with their SE Raleigh friend!!

  • brownneck Feb 9, 2011

    Legalize COCCKFIGHTING. There's nothing wrong with it....and besides fowl meat is good for you. Screw PETA.

  • lsr67 Feb 9, 2011

    Cedric and Michael Vick should get in a ring together and fight until the death (hopefully of both of them!!)

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 9, 2011

    so what happens in a chicken plant then?

  • whatelseisnew Feb 9, 2011

    "McEachern denied the allegations, saying he breeds roosters and dogs to sell and that the people at his home were just hanging out."

    Wow, now that is funny. Yeah I have the same problem at my place. People just show up and hang out.

  • timbo10.0 Feb 9, 2011

    The world is a safer place. Thank goodness.

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 9, 2011

    as long as you don't cross swords who cares

  • Ol Forrester Feb 9, 2011

    Ya gotta wonder just how many of those "hanging out" had fresh chicken blood on their clothing.

  • djcnty8 Feb 9, 2011

    I see Michael Vick has found a new activity to follow. Too bad he didn't get caught this time.

  • batcave Feb 9, 2011

    I think new mexico and louisiana were the last to go, but still legal in U S territories, I saw one in mexico , no big deal, not that exciting to watch, but I was trying to be culturally sensitive so I went to the bull fight, more fun.