Deputies arrest man at suspected cockfighting operation in Laveen

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 9 at 4:54 PM

LAVEEN, Ariz. -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested a man after raiding a suspected cockfighting operation in Laveen Wednesday morning.

Detectives and SWAT team members served a search warrant at the home of the suspect identified as Jesus Sanchez Llovera, 42.

Detectives found approximately 100 roosters at the home near Baseline Road and 67th Avenue as well as paraphernalia used in cockfights, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jesse Spurgin.

It appears Llovera was raising the roosters at the home.

Llovera was taken into custody without incident.

Spurgin said Llovera was charged with 115 felony counts of owning, possessing, keeping, or training roosters with the intent to fight.

This is the second time Llovera has been arrested on cockfighting charges. He was one of approximately 70 people arrested last May in Tonopah in what turned out to be the largest cockfighting bust in Arizona history.

A judge gave him two years of unsupervised probation and told him to stay away from chickens and roosters.  

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