EPHRATA - An illegal cockfighting ring between Quincy and Ephrata was busted Wednesday, landing an Ephrata man in jail.
Detectives from Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), sheriff’s office animal control deputies, agents from the state Gambling Commission and Quincy police served a search warrant about 8:30 a.m. at 9410 Road J.4 Northwest in Winchester.
The search warrant stemmed from a year-long investigation into an illegal gambling operation featuring cockfighting, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators located 13 birds that were physically modified to reduce blood loss during cockfighting. All 13 birds were euthanized as a result.
A number of illegal drugs were also seized.
Reymundo Garcia, 56, was booked into Grant County Jail for running an illegal cockfighting operation, animal cruelty, possession of psilocybin mushrooms and cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate.