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Louisiana Drug Trafficker Used Dog and Cockfights to Recruit for His Drug Ring

louisiana-mapBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

For a big-time Louisiana drug trafficker, the dog and cockfighting ring served as the ideal venue to help expand his drug ring.

Pedro Mendez Ramos, of Church Point, La., who authorities described as “an avid pit bull and cock fighter”, used more than 300 gamecocks and 60 pit bulls as a recruiting tool for the drug organization he headed up.

Late last week, Ramos, 41, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lake Charles, La., to 12.5 years in prison.

Authorities said the organization transported and distributed cocaine and marijuana from the Brownsville, Tex. area to the Church Point, La. area and then to Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and other parts of Louisiana.

Members of the Gulf Cartel, a Matamoros, Mexico based drug organization, directly supplied drugs to Ramos’ crew, authorities said.

An investigation nicknamed “Operation Fowl Play” and “Rio Gallo” netted indictments of 18 men (including Ramos) on a variety of drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms charges.

The DEA, working together with local and state law enforcement, seized approximately 111 kilograms of cocaine from the drug organization along with $1.8 million in cash and about $1 million in property in Louisiana and Texas, authorities said.

The DEA said it’s not unusual for there to be a connection between dog fighting and other illicit activities including drug sales.

“I don’t want to say it goes hand in hand, but its safe to say there’s an overlap” between dog fighting and other forms of crime, Special Agent Roberto Bryan, a DEA spokesman in New Orleans told ticklethewire.com.

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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NewsChannel5.com
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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