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Cockfighting In Earlville

Posted by wlpo on December 21, 2009

An alleged cockfighting ring in rural Earlville could’ve been going on for at least five years.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says officers worked their way into the operation just east of Interstate 39 and learned of a large cockfight set for Saturday.  Attendees allegedly agreed to pay a thousand dollars to enter up to five gamecocks in the fight.  Once the fights were supposed to start, 50 officers surrounded the barn and arrested 10 people including the property owner, 51 year old Rudolfo Villanueva of Earlville.

Dart believes the cockfighting ring provided thousands of dollars in illegal cash to hundreds of people, many from Chicago.  He thinks some of the proceeds were used to fund illegal gun and drug purchases.  Officers say they found six guns at the barn including an AK-47.

Because of their condition and how they were raised, officials euthanized all the gamecocks on-site.

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