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Cassatt man caught up in animal fighting raid

Posted: November 26, 2013 3:35 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A Cassatt man is among 13 adults arrested Thursday in a multiple agency raid of an alleged dog fighting operation in Rembert.

According to copies of arrest warrants provided by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Michael Marico Jackson, 26, of Pine Tree Drive, Cassatt, is charged with animal fighting. The warrant alleges that “he and co-defendants were present at the Springhill Road location and had made preparations for and were participating in fighting dogs for sport while surrounding a wooden ring constructed to contain the dogs while fights took place.”

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), along with several other agencies, assisted SLED with Thursday’s raid.

“SLED contacted us with information that this operation was likely in Kershaw County,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in an email. “SLED met us here at the office and we put together our Special Response Team to assist SLED. It was their case. As the case progressed, it appeared that the location might be in Sumter County. Then it looked like it would be in Kershaw County. Additional information pointed to Lee County.”

Matthews said, as it turned out, the raid took place near the Pisgah Crossroads in Lee County, near Sumter and Kershaw counties.

According to a SLED press release, the KCSO joined the Lee and Sumter county sheriff’s offices and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in conducting the raid at 5165 Springhill Road, Rembert. The residence authorities raided is in an area commonly known as “Little Egypt” where the Kershaw, Lee and Sumter county lines meet.

“We were with SLED from the initial stages, throughout the case, and advised other agencies as it seemed we would be going into their counties. Once the location was secured, our officers departed,” Matthews said.

As a result of the raid, authorities discovered an area, or box, associated with dog fighting, and a number of pit bulldogs in the backyard of the residence. In addition to the13 adults, authorities detained one juvenile and seized 19 dogs, seven vehicles, approximately $3,000 in cash, a number of guns and an unknown amount of marijuana.

In addition to Jackson, other defendant’s addresses are listed as being in Rembert and Blythewood; Garysburg, Gaston and Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina; and Courtland and Imperial, Va.

Authorities transported the defendants to the Sumter-Lee Correctional Regional Detention Center.

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