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Lindsay family arrested for cock fighting

Lindsay family arrested for cock fighting

Deputies discover fighting ring, dead roosters, gambling receipts at home on Avenue 245

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LINDSAY – A Lindsay family was arrested for organizing a cock fighting ring out of their home.

Just before noon on Feb. 4, an anonymous caller contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department to report an illegal cock fighting event in the 21000 block of Avenue 245 in Lindsay. Upon arrival, deputies contacted a large group of people who immediately fled the area and refused to follow orders to stop. Deputies detained 17 people.

Deputies found a fighting ring, several sets of gaffs (metal spurs attached to the roosters legs during fights), 25 live roosters, six dead roosters, numerous fight cards and gambling receipts, entry bracelets and $1,195 in cash.

Deputies determined that the event was organized by the homeowners 46-year-old Victor Espinoza and 45-year-old Ofelia Espinoza, as well as their 22-year-old son Victor Espinoza Jr. All of the Espinozas were charged with cruelty to animals, fighting birds, spectators at an animal fighting location, possession of implements for fighting birds and illegal gambling.

The other fourteen people detained by deputies were cited as being spectators at an illegal animal fight and five were additionally charged with resisting arrest. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 559-725-4194.

 

Sheriff’s Log

Wednesday, Jan. 31
An Exeter man with two warrants for drug charges was arrested with a large amount of drugs after he was pulled over for driving recklessly. The deputies noticed the car with expired plates at about 2:51 a.m. on Jan. 31 on Highway 198 between Farmersville and Visalia. When deputies patrolling the area pulled over the car, the driver jumped out and ran from deputies while the car was still moving. The vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a street sign. Deputies sent a K-9 to search for the man, later identified as James Booher of Exeter. After being found by the K-9, Booher was treated by medical personnel for minor injuries from bite marks. During the investigation, it was learned Booher was in possession of 1 ounce of methamphetamine which had a street value of $2,280; and, 21 grams of marijuana which had a street value of $250. He was also found in possession of associated drug paraphernalia. He was booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility on charges of expired registration, driving without a Driver’s License, hit and run, possession of marijuana less 1 oz., possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation of narcotics, possession of meth 1 oz. or greater, and resisting arrest.

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