Cockfight Bust in Wine Country

Sunday, Aug 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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Cockfight Bust in Wine Country

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Dozens of birds were taken away by authorities.

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More than 30 people arrested in an unincorporated area of Napa  County near American Canyon face misdemeanor charges and possible jail time  after sheriff's deputies raided a cockfight Saturday afternoon, police said.

      At around 4:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of  cockfighting, drug use and firearms in the 1400 block of American Canyon  Road, American Canyon police Sgt. Mike Hunter said.
     
When sheriff's deputies arrived, 32 people were arrested and cited  for participating in a cockfighting event. One other person was arrested and  taken to jail, and another faces charges to be decided by the Napa County  District Attorney's Office, Hunter said.
     
Those who were cited for the misdemeanor offense could be fined,  face jail time or be put on probation, he said.
     
Officers have recovered at least 5 dead birds and 50 live birds,  he said.
     
A number of people fled the scene when sheriff's deputies arrived,  causing the California Highway Patrol to briefly shut down American Canyon  Road, sheriff's spokeswoman Capt. Tracey Stuart said.
     
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about  the event is urged to contact the sheriff's office at (707) 253-4475.

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