Crackdown on Illegal Cockfighting in Miami-Dade: Five Suspects Apprehended

Crackdown on Illegal Cockfighting in Miami-Dade: Five Suspects Apprehended

According to arrest papers, Miami-Dade police apprehended five individuals on Thursday for their involvement in cockfighting. The arrests were made during an investigation into illegal dumping in the Horse Country part of the county. The investigation uncovered roosters, cages, and fighting rings on a property.

The mentioned property is located within the 6700 block of Southwest 122nd Avenue.

During the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement officials discovered a significant number of caged roosters and training rings scattered over the premises, indicating involvement in illegal dumping activities.

Along with “syringes, vials containing medication that is consistent with the preparation process of fighting roosters for gaming purposes, along with several ‘agitators’ used to excite the roosters to engage them in preparation to train and/or fight,” they claimed to have discovered other cockfighting paraphernalia.

The men listed below are accused of:

  • Miami resident Maykel Barroso Montero, 47,
  • Carlos Bienvenido Cruz, 75, of Miami-Dade’s southwest
  • Alejandro Montero Morales, a 35-year-old resident of Miami-South Dade
  • Epifanio Puentes Suarez, 71, of Miami-Dade’s southwest
  • Southwest Miami-Dade resident Omar Ucio Izquierdo, 67,

Police claimed that some roosters had been deplumed.

Montero Morales and Barroso Montero were arrested when they arrived with two blue chicken carriers when the police were present, according to the authorities, even though some of the guys were already on the property.

Cruz reportedly admitted to investigators that he rents space on the site, where he grows chickens and roosters, for $500 a month from a woman known only as “Shirley.”

According to a report, he stated that he places the roosters “into the training ring to keep them in good health and for exercise.”

According to investigators, Barroso Montero also mentioned giving “Shirley” $500 each month.

Based on an arrest report, Puentes Suarez claimed to have paid $475 and to reside on the property.

The report notes that Ucio Izquierdo recommended that he visit the property every day to provide food and water to his son’s animals in the sub-section where he was staying.

The arrest papers state that the guys are all being charged with a variety of felonies and misdemeanors pertaining to animal fighting and animal cruelty.