Arrest, others sought in 50-person cockfight

One man was arrested, 28 citations issued and 12 more charges are anticipated after the Milam County Sheriff’s Department led a raid on a cockfighting tournament Sunday morning in the Gause area.

Chief Deputy Chris White said Sheriff David Greene, deputies, Precinct 1 Constable John Anderle and DPS State Troopers converged or a County Road 353 location.

“We had received information on the event and arrived just before noon to find approximately 50 people had gathered for the tournament,” White said.

“Upon arrival people started to scatter and run off through the woods,” White said. Deputies rounded up about 35 of the spectators and gamecock owners.

Raul Rico Malagon, 53, of Caldwell, was arrested and charge with cockfighting. He was released after posting $3,500 bond. “That arrest was made after the subject was found to have cockfighting equipment in his vehicle and declined to give a statement,” White said.

Additionally the department will obtain warrants for the arrest of persons who actively participated in the event and for those who organized and profited from the event.

Based on the evidence collected at the scene, Greene believes that nine people will be charged with possession of the gamecocks or for possession of “gaffs or slashers”— which the law defines as an artificial steel spur or weapon designed to be attached to the spur or leg of the gamecock.

“An additional three persons may be charged for organizing the event.” White said.

Approximately 43gamecocks were seized at the event along with numerous cages, traveling boxes, gaffs/slashers, and cockfighting equipment.

Seven vehicles were towed away from the event area/ “Those were the vehicles which are believed to have been owned by persons who ran off through the wooded area,” White said.

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