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12 arrested in Robeson Co. cockfighting bust

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ROBESON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) After serving a cockfighting search warrant in Robeson County on Saturday, 17 animals were seized and several individuals were arrested.

The search warrant was served near Ashpole Swamp, approximately eight miles south of Fairmont by the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Aircraft, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Lumberton Police Department SWAT, Bladen County Sheriff's Office SWAT and the Humane Society of the United State. The lead investigator on the case was Lt. Dru Martin from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

A total of 17 animals were seized were the warrants were served, according to Kenneth Sealey, Sheriff of Robeson County. Eleven of those animals were not injured, but three were hurt and three were dead.

Investigators also seized money, weapons and drug paraphernalia, as well as a vehicle reported stolen in 2009.

Authorities arrested the following individuals:

Troy Jack Collins, 73, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals, carrying concealed weapons

Troy Legrand Collins, 44, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Craig Caulder, 42, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Terry Russel Locklear, 40, of Dillon, SC. Secured bond set at $7,000.

  • Charges: contributing to delinquency of minor, cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Timothy Kevin Bryant, 45, of Dillon, SC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Dennis Graham Simmons, 25, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cruelty to animals, cockfighting

Tommy Bass, 62, of Lakeview, SC. Secured bond set at $5,000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Hubert N. Kissam, 51, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

James Maurice Thompson, 50, of Fairmont, NC. Secured bond set at $5000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Nicholas Limon Martinez, 27, of Dillon, SC. Secured bond set at $5000.

  • Charges: contributing to delinquency of minor, cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Austin Michael Hamilton, 41, of Dillon, SC. Secured bond set at $5000.

  • Charges: carrying concealing weapon, cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Tracey Meares, 38, of Dillon, SC. Secured bond set at $5000.

  • Charges: cockfighting, cruelty to animals

Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, Sheriff Sealey said, and is a felony in North Carolina, but the possession of cockfighting birds and cockfighting paraphernalia is still legal.

"I think that this is a tragedy when people are fighting any type of animal and this will not be tolerated in Robeson County" said Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.

Further arrests are pending in this investigation and further investigations on others are continuing at this time.

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