48 arrested in cockfighting operation

Authorities raided an alleged cock fighting operation on Utopia Street in Clewiston. Photo: Google maps

Authorities raided an alleged cockfighting operation on Utopia Street in Clewiston.
Photo: Google maps

Nearly 50 people from several counties across South Florida were arrested the day after Christmas when authorities raided a cockfighting operation in Montura, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the address of 435 S. Utopia, Clewiston, in the Montura Ranch Estates community.

Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the Florida Agricultural Criminal Intelligence Unit, deputies from Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Palm Beach counties, as well as Florida Wildlife Commission and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Air Support unit, arrested 48 men.

During the raid, law enforcement and animal control officers reportedly found 83 caged roosters and a full-scale fighting ring set up inside an illegally built structure on the property.

Of those arrested, five were from the Glades area; most were from Dade, Collier, Lee, Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties and ranged in age from 21 to 86 years.

All those arrested were charged with Fighting and Baiting, a third degree felony, and released on $3,500 bond.

Those arrested include:

  • Angel Rodriguez – 86 years of age – Belle Glade, Florida
  • Osvaldo Ruiz – 80 years of age – Royal Palm Beach, Florida
  • Alexander Fonseca – 43 years of age – Tampa, Florida
  • Raphael Jesus Azofra – 43 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Hetor Alfonzo Morejon – 80 years of age – Royal Palm Beach, Florida
  • Alfredo Tapanas – 39 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Juan Pena – 53 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Eduardo Serrano – 59 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Felix Corco – 72 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Ariel Arencibia – 52 years of age – Golden Gate, Florida
  • Xavier Navarro – 22 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Camilo Suarez – 49 years of age – Homestead, Florida
  • Mario Roman – 27 years of age – Fort Myers, Florida
  • Hector Roman – 21 years of age – Fort Myers, Florida
  • Hector Roman – 49 years of age – Fort Myers, Florida
  • William Roman – 42 years of age – Fort Myers, Florida
  • Julio Abrew – 68 years of age – Miami, Florida
  • Ruben Rdon – 63 years of age – Miami, Florida
  • Roberto Torres – 64 years of age – Royal Palm Beach, Florida
  • Orerbe Perez – 66 years of age – Golden Gate, Florida
  • Richard Graveran – 32 years of age – West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Uriel Aceituno – 40 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Leandro Rodiguez – 53 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Leumam Delanuez – 35 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Hector Tejeda-Rodriquez – 60 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Humberto Nieblas – 47 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Ariel Leon – 42 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Yovani Ponce – 41 years of age – Kendall, Florida
  • Javier Martinez – 44 years of age – Miami, Florida
  • Jesus Ravelo – 23 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Roberto Torrez – 52 years of age – East Fort Myers, Florida
  • Argimino Martinez Lebrigio – 44 years of age – Tampa, Florida
  • Ernesto Plascencia – 52 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Francisco Gonzalez – 53 years of age – Lakewood, Florida
  • George Hernandez – 41 years of age – Belle Glade, Florida
  • Juan Carlos Leiva – 52 years of age – South Bay, Florida
  • Alfredo Tapanes – 56 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Adael Tapanes – 48 years of age – Miami, Florida
  • Alfredo Tapanas – 39 years of age – Hialeah, Florida
  • Yem Dearmas – 37 years of age – West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Diurius Aday – 28 years of age – Royal Palm Beach, Florida
  • Donato Valle – 43 years of age – Belle Glade, Florida
  • Abundio Delcampo – 53 years of age – Belle Glade, Florida
  • Denis Rafael Rodriguez – 25 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Rene Pena – 49 years of age – Naples, Florida
  • Ivan Cueva – 67 years of age – Fort Myers, Florida
  • Christoper Clay Self – 30 years of age – Clewiston, Florida
  • Alturo Dalma-Torres – 54 years of age

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