Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Here's a little news about a time-honored New Mexcio tradition from yesteryear: cockfighting.
Try it on chicken
From a news released from Peter Olson at the Department of Public Safety:

Drugs, Gambling, Animal Cruelty Arrest

Albuquerque—Working together DPS Special Investigations Division and State Police agents arrested an Albuquerque man on multiple charges involving narcotics, gambling and extreme animal cruelty.

State Police officers originally uncovered a cockfighting operation in rural Valencia County on January 3rd. Further investigation led them to the residence of Martin Elias ... on Foothills Road SW in Bernalillo County. State Police and SID agents executed a search warrant today and found dead and dying roosters, guns, narcotics and evidence of illegal gambling.

Agents found 77 roosters in poor health, cocaine and marijuana. Elias has been charged with 38 counts of extreme cruelty to animals, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of controlled medication, illegal possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence, commercial gambling, tampering with evidence, and obstructing or evading an officer.

The medication and gun charges will be referred to the ATF for further investigation and prosecution. SID agents will continue the investigation into illegal alcohol sales/service and commercial gambling. State Police agents will continue to investigate the animal cruelty and narcotics charges.

The Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force and Bernalillo County sheriff and animal control officers also assisted.