Drug Raid Goes to the Birds

Sunday, Aug 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:59 PM PDT
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Drug Raid Goes to the Birds

They were expecting to find drugs, but deputies also found 800 birds in a home.

Authorities are investigating whether 800 birds found in a San Bernardino County home during a drug raid were connected to an illegal cockfighting ring.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said the birds were discovered in the Phelan home during a search that resulted in the arrest of three men Thursday.

The birds were removed by animal control officers.

Beavers said investigators are looking into whether the birds were pets or possibly connected to a nearby cockfighting ring that was busted last week.

Authorities also found 20 marijuana plants and an ounce of methamphetamine in the house.

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