Man sentenced for involvement in overseas cockfighting ring

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A man accused of raising hundreds of roosters in Virginia to ship overseas for cockfighting has been sentenced to six months in jail.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that 55-year-old Emmanuel Garcia received his sentence Tuesday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, where a judge also ordered him to pay more than $6,200 in overtime costs for services provided by the city’s animal control office.

Officials say animal control initially discovered the activity in 2018 when an officer noticed a large number of chickens at the 4-acre property.

Investigators say Garcia later admitted that the chickens were for fighting and that he had been raising roosters for cockfighting since 1989.

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