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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-222

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 22, 2019
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    Deputies Discover A Cockfighting Ring

    Three men and one woman was arrested.
    • Tuesday
    • May 21, 2019
    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • 3727 70th St South

    Arrested:


    Irma Arcaya
    DOB: 12/24/64 W/H/F
    Charges: Owning Equipment for Animal Fighting, Possession of Animal for Fight


    Rogel Martinez Perez
    DOB: 5/12/43 W/H/M
    Charges: Owning Equipment for Animal Fighting, Possession of Animal for Fight


    Pedro Rodriguez
    DOB: 12/29/64 W/H/M
    Charges: Owning Equipment for Animal Fighting, Possession of Animal for Fight


    Lazo Fernandez
    DOB: 6/17/47 W/H/M
    Charges: Owning Equipment for Animal Fighting, Possession of Animal for Fight

    Warrant obtained:

    Raul Gonzalez Torres
    DOB 05/20/81 W/H/M
    Owning Equipment for Animal Fighting, Possession of Animal for Fighting, Owning Property for Animal Fighting, Facilitating Animal Fighting, and Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

    Details:

    On May 21, 2019 at approximately 9:00 a.m., deputies executed a search warrant at 3727 70th St South with Animal Control.  Deputies on scene observed items related to an illegal cockfighting ring. Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center seized about sixty roosters and four dogs. Deputies also located a stolen firearm from a 2015 Pasco County case and a small amount of marijuana.

    This is an ongoing investigation
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