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Thirty-seven people were arrested Saturday morning in Early Branch and charged with cockfighting, including several from Jasper County.
Agencies participating in the operation included the Hampton County Sheriff's Office, the Hampton County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Department of Natural Resources.
Judge Algie Solomons set bail at $500 for each suspect. This was a first offense cockfighting, which is a misdemeanor offense which could result in a fine of $1,000. Several of the suspects have been released, and none had lawyers, according to the sheriff.
"Cockfighting is an activity that is mostly found in rural areas although some larger areas also see the problem," Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. "Cockfighting is an ongoing operation that predominately moves from place to place and county to county. We have zero tolerance for any illegal activity in Hampton County, including cockfighting."
The incident remains under investigation by the Hampton County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.
"I would like to thank all of the participating agencies that made this operation successful," Smalls said. "We will continue to eliminate illegal activity in Hampton County."
Those charged with cockfighting included:
1) Romero Humberto, 47, of 105 Tabby Walk, Hilton Head
2) Abel Hernandez, 34, of 5260 Catbranch Road, Early Branch
3) Jaime Sanchez, 27, of 81 Sloopie Lane, Ridgeland
4) Rodulfo Lopez, 44, of 101 Goodhaven, Apt. 12, Hilton Head
5) Edgar Rodrigues , 23, of 101 Goodhaven, Apt. 12, Hilton Head
6) Ricardo Navarete, 30, of Arcrilf Trailer Park, Ridgeland
7) Hugo Yanez, 32, of 3083 Freedom Parkway, Hardeeville
8) Omar Tobar, 29, of Hwy. 170, Hardeeville
9) Abraham Mendez Cornejo, 22, of Mexico
10) Daniel Ebri, of Baracuda Lane, Hilton Head
11) Pedro Sanchez, of 3083 Freedom Parkway, Hardeeville
12) Ricardo Gonzalez, of 96 Matthews Drive, Hilton Head
13)Hector Lopez, 36, of 3A Simmons Road, Hilton Head
14) Antonio Guebara, 56, of Hwy. 46, Hardeeville
15) Garsia Mauro Sanchez, 34, of 3083 Freedom Parkway, Hardeeville
16) Jose Charre, 33, of 875 Redmond Mill Road, Swansea
17) Juvenal Corejo Flores, 40, of Hilton Head
18) Angel Ramirez Parra, 27, of Beaufort
19) Antonio Barrera Trejo,35, of Hilton Head
20) Hector Manuel Ibargue, 26, of 3083 Freedom Parkway, Hardeeville
21) Lucio Oriel Tello-Perez, 31, of 1850 Hwy VFI, Southern Pines, N.C.
22) Javier Cornejo, 34, of 2213 Foursenson, Hilton Head
23) Jose Joel Cornejo, 44, of 149 Diamond Court, Carollton, Ga.
24) Francisco Montalvo Moreno, 21, of 124 Forest Avenue, Columbia, S.C.
25) Oscar Rangel Musico, 28, of 404 Hartley Street, Batesburg
26) Alfredo Ortiz, 27, of Mexico
27) Juan Garcia, 32, of 50 Marshland Road, Apt. 7, Hilton Head
28) Joel Cornejo,24, of Mexico
29) Hugo Musico, 31, of 930 Camp Gravalt, Aiken
30) Salvador Juarez Sanchez, 36, of Mexico
31) Pedro Antonio Garcia, 19, of 6333 Melody Lane #2717, Texas
32) Enrique Camacho Garcia, 37, of North Carolina
33) Douglas Eugene Shipes, 25, of 395 Shady Oak Circle, Hardeeville
34) Ector Sanchez, 30, of 97 Bluffton House, Bluffton
35) Maria Ortiz (Female), 20, of 1280 Vonost Road, Ridge Spring
36) Ricardo Comacho, 32, of 46 Red Cedar, Bluffton
37) Bartolome Martinez, 17, of 400 Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head
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