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Authorities Still Sorting Out Arrests At Cockfighting Ring

157 People Facing Charges



    NBC 6's Hank Tester has the details of how the court system was dealing with the fallout of a large cockfighting ring bust. (Published Friday, April 25, 2014)

    MIami-Dade Police and the court system were still sorting out the more than 150 people arrested during a drug raid at an illegal cockfighting ring.

    The operation started out with police receiving tips about narcotics and illegal gambling at a building at 25425 NW 212 Avenue. Undercover detectives began buying narcotics and received a search warrant that was executed Thursday evening.

    When detectives arrived, they discovered the illegal cockfighting ring in-progress and around 200 people were initially detained.

    Miami-Dade Police said a total of 157 were charged with various crimes including weapons violations, narcotics, and illegal gambling.

    The property belonged to Francisco Ruiz Arias, 48, of Miami-Dade County. Arias faces multiple felony cahrges including owning, managing, and operating property for rooster fighting, owning rooster fighting equipment, charging admission for rooster righting, facilitating rooster fighting, betting on rooster fighting, and keeping a gambling house.

    Arias was taken to jail and the other 157 people arrested are still being moved through the court system on Friday.