Cockfighting suspects’ identities trickle in after 50 arrested in major Brazoria County bust; 165 birds seized both dead and alive

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PEARLAND, Texas — The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office started to release the names and mugshots Tuesday of the 50 people arrested after an elaborate and large scale cockfighting operation was exposed in the Pearland area.

Investigators responded to the 17700 block of Wells Drive around 2 p.m. Monday after receiving multiple reports about the illegal operation. When sheriffs deputies arrived, numerous cars and a small crowd were at the scene, the office said.

Brazoria County Animal Control has reportedly seized nearly 165 rooters from the scene. Investigators said between 30 to 50 of the birds are deceased after being killed during the fighting event.

The suspects have been taken to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, where at least three of them have already been hit with felony charges related to cockfighting.  The remaining 47 suspects are expected to be charged with class C misdemeanor, deputies said.

So far, the sheriff’s office has released the following suspects names:

  • Hermino Lopez Leija, 55, of Alvin
  • Ramirro Rivera, 34, of Alvin
  • Jesus Carlos Rueda, 27, of Alvin

More identities are expected to be released throughout the day. Be sure to re-visit the CW39 Houston website for the latest updates this investigations and other local stories.

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