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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 7/23/2007 

 PCSO Agricultural Crimes Deputies and Helicopter Pilots Discover Remote Cockfighting Operation 

Seventeen men were arrested at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2007, when PCSO Agricultural Crimes deputies surrounded a piece of property off of CR 557-A in Polk City south of I-4 just after a cockfight had taken place. Helicopter pilots spotted the location and the two units joined efforts to monitor the property and apprehend those betting on and participating in the illegal cockfighting. The property is described as rural pasture land, and the cockfighting takes place under an oak hammock. When deputies arrived on-scene most the participants tried to flee but were quickly apprehended without incident.

Deputies found 7 live roosters that had been trained to fight, with fresh wounds all over their bodies, and 28 freshly killed rooster corpses in a hole dug in the ground, also with wounds all over their bodies. Cages and fighting apparatuses, such as spurs and cutting knives, were also found on-scene, along with an older grave with more dead rooster bodies in it. In all, $25,000 cash was seized from all of the bettors, and 9 vehicles were also seized. Charges ranged from Attending and/or Possessing Equipment for Fighting and Baiting Animals, and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. Copies of the affidavits can be found on website www.polksheriff.org under News Room. The owner of the property has not yet been determined, and the investigation is ongoing.

Those arrested are:

Jaime Benitez-Navarro, DOB 4/3/66, 620 North Nashua Avenue, Ft. Meade, FL

Brian Edward Mitchell, DOB 9/12/86, 101 Martin Luther King Drive, Lake Wales, FL

Eduardo Rodriguez, DOB 10/14/71, 2185 Cleveland Street, Ft. Meade, FL

Amando Vivas, DOB 10/6/55, 1713 Cowart Road, Plant City, FL

Jose Alfredo, DOB 1/14/77, 105 Sparman Street, Plant City, FL

Ronald Lee Rose, DOB 6/29/78, 212 Weaver Avenue, Lake Wales, FL

Jose F. Dominguez, DOB 3/2/51, 2027 Eloise Circle, Ft. Myers, FL

Jose I. Medina, DOB 2/18/75, 5707 Luckasavage Street, Plant City, FL

Melecio Mendoza-Medina, DOB 9/13/68, 5707 Luckasavage Street, Plant City, FL

Oscar Herrera, DOB 7/4/71, 11516 Cameron Street, Orlando, FL

Jose Herrera, DOB 8/5/66, 11516 Cameron Street, Orlando, FL

Jose Rodriguez, DOB 8/15/70, 2738 36th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL

Arturo Munoz, DOB 5/13/37, 2321 Azalea Court, Lakeland, FL

Santos Herrera-Cruz, DOB 4/9/64, 12406 North 15th Street Apt. K, Tampa, FL

Isael Flores-Flores, DOB 11/15/70, 625 West Robinson Street, Lakeland, FL

Hilario Ramos-Garcia, DOB 4/5/82, 109 31st Avenue East, Bradenton, FL

Salvador Zamarripa, DOB 7/22/75, 16300 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL