Authorities in Antelope Valley discovered hundreds of suspected cockfighters and hundreds of pounds of marijuana while serving a search warrant in the unincorporated area of Juniper Hills, the LA County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Deputies from the department’s Community Partnerships Bureau served an “illegal possession” warrant for the roosters and found 228 of the birds on the property, along with 500 to 600 pounds of marijuana — with an estimated street value of $500,000 — and a .22-caliber rifle , the authorities said.
A male suspect was arrested and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, but his name, age and location were not released Thursday. Authorities did not say what crime the man was suspected of or what day and time the search warrant was served.
The department noted that other agencies, including LA County Animal Care and Control and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, assisted with the warrant service.
Deputies did not say whether the gun was legally or illegally owned, or whether the marijuana was from a legal or illegal cultivation.
A spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department said she had no information about the investigation or the arrest and referred questions to the Community Partnerships Bureau, which did not immediately respond.
An SPCA representative could not be reached for comment.
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