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Two Apple Valley men arrested on suspicion of having cockfighting equipment

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Jim Steinberg

APPLE VALLEY >> Acting on a tip, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies found 53 fighting roosters, game bird fighting implements and injectable supplements at an Apple Valley house early Friday morning.

Two men were arrested, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Rural Crime Task Force assisted with gathering information on the suspects and assisted with the search of the residence, located in the 15400 block of Apache Road, the statement said.

Most of the roosters had their combs and waddles cut off in preparation for fighting and their natural spurs trimmed for the placement of metal knives, the statement said.

Ruben Rodriguez, 45, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession an AR-15 rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition, the statement said.

Three additional firearms were found in the residence, the statement said.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of cockfighting instruments and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to jail booking records..

Alexander Rodriguez, 24, was arrested and released on suspicion of possession of cockfighting instruments, the Sheriff’s Department’s statement said.

Apple Valley Animal Control assisted with seizing the birds, the sheriff’s statement said.



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