Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 14, 2014

State police locate cockfighting ring in Mercer County

OAKVALE — A cockfighting bust by the West Virginia State Police has led to the arrest of two Mercer County brothers.

Member of the Princeton detachment of the West Virginia State Police, along with members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an investigation into reported cockfighting Saturday night on Brown’s Cemetery Road near Oakvale, First Sgt. M.R. Crowder, district commander of the State Police Princeton and McDowell detachments, said.

“Upon arrival, it was evident a cockfight had occurred but was currently not active,” Crowder said. “Two roosters were discovered severely injured in a barrel, along with a number of fighting roosters on the property.”

Crowder said the owner of the property, Stacey Brown, 43, and his brother, Gilbert Brown, 45, both of Brown’s Cemetery Road were charged with hosting an illegal venture. Three other individuals were cited for attendance at an illegal venture. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

“Game fighting spurs were seized, along with six fighting roosters,” Crowder said.

Trooper B.R. Wood is the lead investigator on the case.

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