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31 arrests made after cockfighting ring bust

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LAWERENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Police in Lawrence County busted a cock fighting ring on Sunday.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said that the raid happened at 3616 County Road 81 in the Speake Community.

Lawrence County Drug Task Force agents along with the assistance of Sheriff's Deputies raided the property after conducting a month long investigation. 

Mitchell said an undercover agent was able to witness illegal cock fighting, as well as illegal drug activity that was occurring on the property. 

Mitchell said that agents also discovered several roosters that were dead or severely injured. 

Charges included unlawful possession of a controlled substance, chicken fighting, gambling and cruelty to animals. 

Mitchell said the organizers, Davvie and Mary Gillespie, were among those arrested.

Agents discovered the Gillespies were also operating a concession stand which sold food and drinks to the patrons. 

Investigators said the Gillespies were charging $20.00 for admission and a $150.00 fee for participants. 

Sheriff Mitchell said that agents found documentation which broke down the financial setup of the illegal cock fighting operation. 

Agents also found narcotics in the form of marijuana and meth, as well as drug paraphernalia in the form of digital scales and smoking devices. 

Lawrence County Animal Control was called in to take possession of the live roosters.  

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