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KCSO charges men with cockfighting

Posted: March 22, 2018 6:53 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Suspects (from left) Juan Diego Jimenez, Miguel Martinez and Moises Aquille Montes.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested three men March 17 and charged them with cockfighting. A KCSO press release identified the men as Moises Aquille Montes, 34; Miguel Martinez, 32; and Juan Diego Jimenez, 26, all of Gilbert.

According to the press release, Kershaw County dispatchers received a phone call during the late afternoon of March 17 alerting them to possible cockfighting in a remote area off Old Stagecoach Road in Cassatt. The caller told dispatchers there were 20 to 30 Hispanic males and a couple of white males at a makeshift fighting arena. The first responding deputy arrived at the scene and observed numerous individuals vacating the area. He was able to stop and detain Montes, Martinez and Jimenez, who were in a Jeep that also contained a box containing five live roosters and considerable cockfighting paraphernalia.

Additional deputies arrived on the scene and contacted a KCSO investigator and Kershaw County Animal Control, who arrived a short time later. Deputies also found a locked Chevy Silverado with heavily tinted windows and other vehicles abandoned at the scene.

Unable to see inside the Silverado, a deputy broke a window to gain access and found five live roosters in the cab, inside a box built for transporting live animals. Another seven live roosters were recovered, five in one box, one in a small box and one that was still alive, but had been thrown in a barrel with dead roosters. Deputies also found 18-20 dead roosters scattered on the ground or that had been thrown into some barrels near the fighting arena.

Deputies arrested Martinez, Jimenez and Montes at the scene. During a post-arrest interview, Martinez told the KCSO investigator that he has lived in the U.S. for 17 years after overstaying a four-year work visa. The KCSO notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the arrests; ICE has placed detainers on Martinez and Montes.

According to online court records, Jimenez is out on $2,382.50 bond on his cockfighting charge and a charge of public disorderly conduct, which a bonding company paid on Monday. As of Tuesday morning, Martinez and Montez were still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center for the same amount for the same charges.

The maximum penalty for a first offense of cockfighting is a $1,000 fine or up to one year in prison.

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