Cockfighting ring busted during armed robbery investigation

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Cockfighting ring bust at Valley tire shop

PHOENIX - A man is under arrest after police serving a search warrant uncovered a cockfighting operation.

Detectives from the Home Invasion and Kidnapping Task Force were serving a search warrant at a tire business in the 1000 block of E. Broadway Road as they investigated armed robbery and home invasion suspects.

Evidence found inside the business by law enforcement led them to believe the business participates in gamecock fighting.

A number of roosters were found in cages on the property. The Arizona Humane Society helped detectives remove the roosters.

Detectives also found syringes and vitamin products commonly injected into roosters for cockfighting purposes. Also discovered by law enforcement were several weapons, cash and ammunition.

The owner of the business, 39-year-old Manuel Torres, was arrested on Wednesday while in court facing other charges. Six individuals were inside the tire shop at the time of the bust.

The charges Torres faces for the alleged cockfighting operation have not been released. The investigation is ongoing.