14 arrests made as deputies bust in-progress cockfight

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HAINES CITY, Fla. - A total of 14 people were arrested on Satursday after Polk County sheriff's deputies received an anonymous tip about possible rooster fights taking place.

When authorities arrived at the residence on Carl Boozer Road in Haines City, they walked in on a rooster fight in progress with a group watching.

Authorities said one of those arrested, Noel Garcia Rivera, had $680 in cash on him, and a large amount of fighting paraphernalia was located inside his vehicle.

In addition, two firearms along with a large quantity of rooster fighting paraphernalia were found in three separate vehicles.

Inside the barn, deputies said they found two roosters in tied sacks to be weighed prior to a fight.

A rooster bath, discarded spur packaging, sparring dummy, moleskin wrapping, syringes and a variety medicines were also located on the property, authorities said.

There were approximately 200 roosters, hens and chicks in cages within the barn area.

Each person was charged with fighting and baiting animals and possession of fighting paraphernalia. Thirteen were booked into the Polk County Jail.

Suspect Arnold Rodriguez complained of chest pains and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, authorities said.

The following people were arrested:

1.    Noel Garcia Rivera, Magellan Drive, Kissimmee

2.    Mario Antonio Guzman, Polynesian Court, Kissimmee

3.    Gerardo J Ramos-Pamales, Ross Lanier Lane, Kissimmee

4.    Manuel Figueroa, Carl Boozer Road, Haines City

5.    Jaime Criado-Colon, Baker Road, Haines City

6.    Manuel Emil Contreras-Lorenzo, Euclid Avenue, Lake Wales

7.    Rhadames Mora-Burgos, Bice Grove Road, Hines City

8.    Jose Antonio Ocasio-Ocasio, Cumberland Drive, Kissimmee

9.    Arnold Rodriguez, Mystery House Road, Davenport (registered sex offender)

10. Jesus Santana-Ramirez, Fore Lane, Kissimmee

11. Mitchel Santana, Fore Lane, Kissimmee

12. Nelson A. Cordero-Nunez, Fairhaven Avenue, Kissimmee (Dominican Republic entertainer – 1980s)

13. Joaquin Noel Abdon-Fernandez, Wichita Place, Orlando

14. Juan Almanzar, Baldwin Circle, Kissimmee