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Lee County Authorities Bust Illegal Dogfighting Ring

Posted March 27, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Authorities raided a compound in southern Lee County Wednesday afternoon, where they found guns, drugs, moonshine and stolen property.

Neighbors complained to authorities that they witnessed pit bulls that were tied up outside a farm at Black Chapel Road. When authorities arrived, they found 153 pit bulls, two pounds of marijuana, dogfighting paraphernalia and dozens of stolen guns.

They also found $2,000 and a stolen Harley-Davidson.

The dogs were taken to animal control facilities. The puppies may be put up for adoption, while the adult dogs involved in dogfighting activity will most likely be put to sleep.

Authorities arrested Gaston Williamson, 60, and Leo George Scully Jr.

Williamson has been charged with several crimes, including felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Prosecutors are still trying to figure out what charges to file for the illegal dogbreeding. Both suspects are currently at the Sanford Police Department, awaiting their first court appearance.