Cockfighting Operation Uncovered in Vineland
A crashed car filled with bullet holes has led police in Vineland to uncover a cockfighting operation.
Vineland Police say they were first called out the night of October 5th to investigate a car that had trashed into a tree. When police arrived on the scene on East Sherman Avenue, they noticed that the car had been struck by gunfire.
At the time they secured a search warrant for the vehicle and the property.
When they executed the warrant the next day, investigators found narcotics and a rooster fighting operation. A second warrant to executed at the same property on October 17th, and officers seized 132 roosters that were part of the operation.
Police have arrested the following:
- Kevin Navarro-Rodriguez, 21, of East Sherman Avenue (the property where the warrant was carried out). He's been charged with "possession and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, the unlawful possession of multiple firearms, the possession of a firearm during the course of a drug distribution offense, and tampering with evidence." He's in jail pending court action.
- Oscar Navarro, 49, of the same address. He's been charged with possessing animals with the purpose of fighting them. He was released on a summons.
- Richard Caulford, 20, of Taylor Avenue. He. was charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence. He was released on a summons.
- Devon Brown Jr., 21, of Hance Bridge Rd. H was charged with attempted homicide, the unlawful possession of a firearm, and the possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose. Brown was held in jail pending further court action.