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Cockfighting ring, 20 pounds of pot found in Chester Co. bust

Rachel Southmayd
rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com
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    - courtesy of Chester County Sheriff's Office
    About 200 chickens are believed to be part of a cockfighting ring in Chester County.
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    - courtesy of Chester County Sheriff's Office
    Officers recovered more than 200 chickens in what appears to be a Chester County cockfighting ring.
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    - courtesy of Chester County Sheriff's Office
    About 200 chickens are believed to be part of a cockfighting ring in Chester County.
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    - courtesy of Chester County Sheriff's Office
    The Chester County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Friday at an undisclosed location and discovered an indoor marijuana manufacturing operation. About 20 pounds of marijuana was seized.
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    - courtesy of Chester County Sheriff's Office
    The Chester County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Friday at an undisclosed location and discovered an indoor marijuana manufacturing operation. About 20 pounds of marijuana was seized.

CHESTER The Chester County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies, discovered an indoor marijuana grow and a cockfighting ring after searching a home in Chester County.

Chester County deputies were executing a search warrant for the marijuana grow at a house in an “undisclosed location” when they found the cockfighting ring, said spokesman Robert Sprouse.

Officers recovered more than 200 chickens, Sprouse said. Five people were taken into custody.

As they were investigating, officers found one of the suspects had a storage unit in York County. Deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office responded and found 20 pounds of marijuana in the storage unit.

“This was a big operation that was uncovered in Chester County,” Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said in a statement. “Just on one tip, we were able to uncover and disband an operation that could have potentially posed a serious threat to our community.”

The five people arrested were Vidal Osa, 36, and Odalmis Labanino, 29, both of Chester, Reinier Guerra, 33, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pablo Delgado, 52, of Love Oak, Florida and Gladis Iriarte, 55, of Miami Garden, Florida.

All five were charged with manufacturing or possessing drugs and tampering with or bypassing with a meter to grow or manufacture drugs. Bond was denied. Osa was also charged with running a cockfighting ring and was given a $2,130 bond on that charge.

The chickens are being cared for at the home by the sheriff's office because there are so many of them, Sprouse said.

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