Juan Romero, a 58-year-old man from Hialeah, was arrested on charges related to a large cockfighting operation that was uncovered at his business.
According to the report, police were conducting a fraud investigation in the 4600 block of E. 10th Lane when they stumbled across a large number of cages housing male chickens. Some of the chickens had their feathers plucked, which is indicative of cockfighting.
Investigators continued searching the area and found more chickens in cages and found red foam mimicking the shape of a chicken that is customarily used as an agitator to train chickens to fight.
When investigators made contact with Romero, the owner of an auto parts business at the site, he admitted owning the chickens. Romero allowed investigators inside his business, where they found a cockfighting ring and more chickens. In total, police found about 160 fighting roosters.
Police said that Romero was breeding and training these roosters for fighting and storing them in his place of business. He was booked into jail and no attorney information was available at this time. Aerial footage from the scene showed some chickens still in cages behind the business on Friday.