Feds Arrest 50 Illegal Aliens in Cockfighting Ring

By Andrew Eicher | March 21, 2017 | 12:52pm EDT


( -  Several local and federal agencies raided a building in southwest Detroit as part of an investigation into cockfighting and illegal gambling, arresting 50 of the 86 people inside for violations of immigration law, the Detroit Free Press reported on March 19.

“We made approximately 50 administrative arrests for individuals who were in violation of immigration law, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Khaalid Walls said. “And those individuals will be detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”

Authorities found more than 100 birds at the abandoned building near Springwells and I-75. Walls said that the community was relieved to see the cockfighting and gambling operation come to an end, adding that the locals considered it a “nuisance.”

The raid involved more than 140 federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as part of an ongoing, months-long investigation. Agencies assisting ICE included the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Trenton and Detroit police departments.

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