- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Ranchers in Farmington who had hundreds of roosters and chickens killed after a cockfighting investigation have settled their federal lawsuit against a New Mexico State Police agent.

The Farmington Daily-Times reports (https://bit.ly/29OCK5W ) that an attorney for father-and-son ranchers Reyes and Mario Marin confirmed Monday that an agreement was reached at a settlement conference.

The Marins accused New Mexico State Police agent Max Salas and other officials of violating their constitutional rights by seizing more than 400 birds from their ranch in 2009. The birds were killed due to fears they had been fed steroids.

The Marins were never charged with cockfighting.

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety did not respond to a request for comment. An attorney for Salas also did not respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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