Indiana State Police arrested four men last week who apparently were on their way to Lexington to sell roosters for cockfighting.
The arrests happened Friday afternoon in Dearborn County, Ind., in the southeastern part of the state, after state troopers pulled over two vehicles for minor traffic violations on Interstate 74.
A 1999 Honda Accord and a Honda Odyssey van and their occupants were traveling together. Police said the van contained 21 roosters, and the car contained paraphernalia associated with cockfighting.
Police said an investigation revealed that the two vehicles and occupants were en route to Lexington, where the roosters were going to be sold at a cockfighting contest later that night.
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The arrested men, all of Lafayette, Ind., were taken to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. Jesus Behena Reyes, 28, and David Sanchez, 43, were each charged with 21 counts each of conspiracy to possess a fighting animal.
Frederico Rojas, 27, and Vidal Sanchez, 45, were each charged with 21 counts of possession of a fighting animal. All the charges are misdemeanors.
The roosters were turned over to Dearborn County Animal Control.
Three juveniles were released to the custody of a fifth man, who was not charged.