- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

GOODING, Idaho (AP) - Police said an Idaho man has admitted to organizing the first cockfight reported in Gooding County in the past 10 years.

Jose Miramontes-Tostado, 44, was charged with a felony count of exhibition of cockfights, The Times-News reported (https://bit.ly/2oHtBT5) Thursday. Police say he organized the March 25 fight in a rural residence in Gooding.

Sheriff deputies detained 150 people during their investigation. A neighbor called police for a noise complaint and told them she heard rooster fighting, court records show. The Idaho Humane Society had to euthanize about 80 roosters the next day.

Idaho state legislature made organized cockfights involving drugs or gambling a felony in 2012. Police say they found gambling, marijuana and other drugs at Miramontes-Tostado’s operation.

“He told me on his own accord that they fight the roosters and make bets for money,” Deputy Nick Thiemann wrote in a sworn affidavit.

Miramontes-Tostado may face other misdemeanor charges, Gooding County Prosecutor Matt Pember.

“We are waiting on misdemeanor reports from law enforcement regarding the numerous participants,” he said. “Law enforcement is still investigating and preparing those reports. Filing will happen soon after we receive them.”

Miramontes-Tostado is due to be arraigned in Gooding County Magistrate Court April 24.


Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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