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DEA Busts Nashville Cockfighting Ring Linked to Mexican Drug Cartel

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that drug traffickers might be involved in other illegal activity that generates income.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Federal authorities have shut down a massive cock-fighting outfit in Tennessee, and those involved also were part of a Mexican drug trafficking cartel.
The bust could have a major impact on the midstate for two reasons. Not only did the crackdown suffocate the marijuana trade in Tennessee, the crackdown could also shed new light on animal fighting and its relationship with other serious crime.
“They’re routinely trained to fight. Then they strap razor blades on them (roosters) and throw them in a pit to fight to the death and gamble on the outcome,” said Leighann McCollum with the Humane Society Spokesperson.
Cock fighting is a vicious and illegal bloodsport, and it turns out Tennessee is a hotspot for it.
While targeting a Mexican drug cartel in December, DEA officials discovered that drug traffickers were also running a massive cock fighting arena in Cumberland County, Tenn.
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“We found a number of chickens used in cockfighting, a large and extensive operation,” said Harry Sommers with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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