Grant County Cockfighting Ring Busted by Multiple Cop Shops
How do you physically modify birds to reduce blood loss in cockfighting?
By removing the comb on top of the head and the wattle below the beak. Both carry a lot of blood.
A year long investigation into an illegal cockfighting ring (is there legal cockfighting?) found 13 such modified birds and a whole lot more.
From the Grant County Sheriff's Office Facebook page:
Raid on cockfighting ring results in drugs and arrest
MOSES LAKE, Wash. (13FEB2020) – Law enforcement officers from several agencies busted an illegal cockfighting ring on Wednesday between Quincy and Ephrata. That raid also yielded several illegal drugs.
Detectives from Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), sheriff's animal control deputies, agents from Washington’s Gambling Commission and officers from Quincy Police served the search warrant around 8:30 a.m. at 9410 Road J.4-Northwest in Winchester. The search stemmed from a yearlong investigation into an illegal gambling operation featuring cockfighting.
Investigators found 13 birds that were physically modified to reduce blood loss during cockfighting. Those birds were humanely euthanized. Investigators also found quantities of illegal drugs.
Reymundo Garcia, 56 of Ephrata, was lodged in the Grant County Jail for investigation of running the illegal cockfighting operation, animal cruelty, possession of psilocybin mushrooms and cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine.
The investigation continues.
Case number 19GS11416