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Eighteen Cited In Connection With Cockfight Investigation-One Of The Eighteen Also Arrested On Additional Drug/Weapons Charges

(St. Martinville, La.) Sheriff Becket Breaux announces that following an investigation into recent reports of a suspected cockfighting operation, on the evening of June 18, 2022, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office observed suspicious activity occurring in the 2300 block of Main Hwy., in Cecilia, LA.

Upon further investigation, Deputies observed and located several subjects conducting cockfights in a wooded area near the 2300 block of Main Hwy. Deputies subsequently detained and cited 18 individuals on the following charges:

  • 14:102.23 Cockfighting
  • 14:102.1 Cruelty to Animals

One of the subjects, William Francis Jr., 35, Youngsville, was also arrested on the following additional charges:

  • 40:966A1 Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 (2 counts)
  • 40:967A Manufacture; Distribution: Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics (1 count)
  • 14:59E Possession of a Firearm Committing/Attempt Crime (1 count)
  • 14:95.1 Possession of a Firearm/Concealed by a Convicted Felon (1 count)
  • 40:102C Prohibited Acts-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1 count)

Following his arrest, he was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the above charges. The remaining seventeen individuals were released on a citation on the charges listed above.

This investigation remains ongoing.

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