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Polk deputies bust cockfighting ring

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Fourteen people are facing charges in connection with the bust of a Haines City cockfighting ring.

On Saturday afternoon, Polk deputies got an anonymous tip about rooster fights taking place at 4560 Carl Boozer Road.  Deputies went there to discover a fight in progress with 14 people in attendance.

A search of the property turned up rooster fighting paraphernalia, like a rooster bath, discarded spur packaging, a sparring dummy, mole skin wrapping, syringes, and a variety of medicines.  There were approximately 200 roosters, hens, and chicks in cages within the barn area.  Deputies also found two firearms.

Arrested were:

1.    Noel Garcia Rivera, DOB 08/08/1973, 239 Magellan Drive, Kissimmee

2.    Mario Antonio Guzman, DOB 05/29/1972, 634 Polynesian Court, Kissimmee

3.    Gerardo J Ramos-Pamales, DOB 12/21/1980, 4503 Ross Lanier Lane, Kissimmee

4.    Manuel Figueroa, DOB 03/13/1935, 4560 Carl Boozer Road, Haines City

5.    Jaime Criado-Colon, DOB 07/29/1965, 3309 Baker Road, Haines City

6.    Manuel Emil Contreras-Lorenzo, DOB 03/20/1981, 721 Euclid Avenue, Lake Wales

7.    Rhadames Mora-Burgos, DOB 08/15/1978, 1026 Bice Grove Road, Hines City

8.    Jose Antonio Ocasio-Ocasio, DOB 04/20/1956, 906 Cumberland Drive, Kissimmee

9.    Arnold Rodriguez, DOB 08/17/1955, 342 Mystery House Road, Davenport (registered sex offender)

10. Jesus Santana-Ramirez, DOB 07/20/1935, 707 Fore Lane, Kissimmee

11. Mitchel Santana, DOB 03/27/1967, 707 Fore Lane, Kissimmee

12. Nelson A. Cordero-Nunez, DOB 06/26/1959, 3237 Fairhaven Avenue, Kissimmee (Dominican Republic entertainer – 1980s)

13. Joaquin Noel Abdon-Fernandez, DOB 12/31/1975, 8545 Wichita Place, Orlando

14. Juan Almanzar, DOB 02/14/1966, 627 Baldwin Circle, Kissimmee

All 14 suspects are charged with fighting and baiting animals, and possession of fighting paraphernalia.  Thirteen of them were booked into the Polk County Jail.  Arnold Rodriguez complained of chest pains and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

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