Police: three people arrested after cockfighting investigation
Police say three local men were arrested Saturday night suspected of raising over 200 birds for cockfighting.
A farm house in Bremen and a home in Bristol were raided by local, state, and federal authorities after an investigation that lasted several weeks.
Victorino Rosales-Alcaraz, 48, and 32-year-old Dario Marin-Alvarez were arrested at 21852 State Line Rd. in Bristol. Juan Cristobal Gonzalez Moran, 40, was arrested at 6244 Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Breman.
All three face a Level 6 felony charge for possession of animals used for fighting which is a Level 6 felony. They will also be charged with possession of animal fighting paraphernalia with prior convictions, an A misdemeanor offense.
If convicted on the felony charge the men could be facing between 6 months to two and a half years in prison.
Police say they received an anonymous tip that gamecocks were being raised for use in cockfighting events.
Neighbors told ABC 57 that the arrest at the farm house in Bremen was not a surprise. They suspected something was going on because of the animals.
For Bremen resident Matt Hilsmier, a crime like this happening in his town is alarming. He hopes if found guilty, the men are sentenced to jail time.
“It’s ridiculous. I thought we were above all this. Why would you take the time to organize something like this? Who enjoys something like that? At the very least jail time,” said Hilsmier.
Rosales-Alcaraz and Marin-Alvarez are currently being held at the Marshall County Correctional Facility and Moran is being held at the Elkhart County Jail.
The care of the birds was turned over to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.