Alleged cockfighting ring raided in Franklin County


On Saturday, crews executed a search warrant for cockfighting at a residence located at 131 Lynyrd Lane off of Hwy 39 South, near Hwy 64.

The search warrant was part of an investigation that stemmed from a cockfighting ring that was shut down in April. During the April raid, 16 people were arrested and charged with cockfighting and over 50 chickens were seized.

Saturday, officers found over 120 chickens from the property, most of which were believed to be used for fighting. They also seized a dog, a horse, two firearms and approximately 25 grams of suspected cocaine.

The homeowner, Jose Angel Prudente Rodriguez, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony maintaining a dwelling for use of controlled substances, and cockfighting.

Investigators said he may also face animal cruelty charges and federal weapons charges.

Rodriguez was placed in the Franklin County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond and also has an immigration detainer issued by Homeland Security Officials.

Deputies also arrested Eugenio Rodriquez and charged him with cockfighting.  He is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.

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