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2 charged in alleged cockfighting ring after multiyear probe

June 5, 2018

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The alleged leaders of a cockfighting ring have been arrested and charged following a raid by the Washington State Gambling Commission.

The Kitsap Sun reports Kitsap County prosecutors Monday charged Kenneth Castro San Nicolas and Joe Leon Guerrero Salas with four felony counts each of professional gambling and animal fighting.

Both pleaded not guilty. Their bail was set at $25,000.

Gambling commission agents made the bust Saturday at a south Kitsap home after a multiyear investigation that included surveillance of cockfights on three occasions earlier this year.

Kitsap County Superior Court documents say agents seized more than 300 roosters and at least $35,000 in cash believed to be wagers and winnings.

Agents, with help from local police, detained 27 people at the home.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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