FAIRMONT — Almost three dozen roosters that were use for cockfighting were found at a Fairmont home this week during a drug bust, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
David Wayne Hunt, 23, and Dudley Hunt, 26, were charged Tuesday with manufacturing marijuana and trafficking in opium or heroin when narcotics agents found abou 60 marijuana plants, along with prescription pills and firearms in their Annease Drive home, according to spokesperson Randall Graham.
The Sheriff’s Office released more information on Friday about the bust, including that 33 roosters were seized.
David Hunt is also charged with felony animal cruelty after agents discovered the roosters “prepped for fighting” and two or three hens kept for breeding at the home, Graham said. The animals were in individual cages at the back of the property.
“They also found paraphernalia and supplements that had been used for the enhancement of cockfighting,” Graham said.
Graham said more charges could come from the ongoing investigation.
Graham said such arrests are common in Robeson County.
Twelve men were charged for cockfighting in 2012 when 17 chickens were discovered on a property about eight miles from Fairmont.
A search of the home was prompted by complaints from the community, including that there had been excessive traffic in and out of the home.
Anyone with information about the case or another instance of animal cruelty should call Katherine Floyd, animal cruelty investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, at 910-671-3199.