Los Angeles Times

228 roosters seized, man arrested in search of Antelope Valley site


Authoritie­s in the Antelope Valley discovered hundreds of alleged cockfighti­ng roosters and hundreds of pounds of marijuana while serving a search warrant in the unincorpor­ated Juniper Hills area, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Deputies from the department’s Community Partnershi­ps Bureau served a warrant “regarding illegal possession” of 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 .22caliber rif le, authoritie­s said.

A male suspect was arrested and booked at the Palmdale sheriff’s station, but his name, age and place of residence were not disclosed 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 L.A. County Animal Care and Control, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, assisted in the warrant service.

Deputies did not say whether the rifle was legally possessed, or whether the marijuana came from a legal grow.

A Sheriff’s Department spokespers­on said she did not have informatio­n about the investigat­ion or 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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