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37 arrested, charged with cockfighting

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