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SP: 42 busted for illegal bird fighting in Herkimer County, over 200 saved

SP: 42 busted for illegal bird fighting in Herkimer County, over 200 saved

State Police announced the arrest of 42 people Sunday for operating an illegal bird fighting ring in Herkimer County.

Troopers spent the past six months investigating the operation at a barn located at Mr. P’s Landscaping on 2308 Higby Road in Frankfort.

On Saturday, a search warrant was obtained for the property where troopers seized 55 game birds commonly used for bird fighting, and over $68,000. State Police say a second barn nearby was housing a bird breeding and training facility where another 180 game birds were found.

All 250 birds were saved and turned over to the Herkimer County Humane Society.

Investigators also seized three ounces of heroin that was found inside a car parked at the barn, according to state police.

According to State Police, these are the 42 individuals charged with engaging in animal fighting for amusement, a felony:

  • MARCELINO BURGOS, age 65, 1009 Dudley Ave, Utica, NY 13501
  • JOSE L. MORLAS-ORTIZ, age 34, 1524 Neilson St, Utica, NY 13501
  • JOSE G. SANTIAGO-MARTINEZ, age 44, 204 ½ Magnolia St, Moorefield, WV 2683 - also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree
  • GILBERTO TAVERAS, age 32, 1615 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501
  • MARCELINO CINTRA, age 54, 23 Rosemary Dr, Rochester, NY 14621
  • ARNALDO R. SANTIAGO, age 35, 838 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501
  • EIXTON FLORES, age 61, 418 Alphonse St, Rochester, NY 14621
  • JOSE GARCIA, age 44, 1523 Neilson St, Utica, NY 13501
  • CAMILLE GARCIA, age 36, 12 Rosetta Petruzzi Way, Buffalo, NY 14201
  • JOSE J. TORRES, age 40, 100 Borinquen Plaza Apt 802, Rochester, NY 14605
  • JOEL MATEO, age 31, 1661 Lincoln Ave, Utica, NY 13501
  • JOSE J, MORALES, age 37, 1580 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502
  • VICTOR FELIX DEJESUS, age 35, 272 Belmont St, Buffalo, NY 14213 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • JOSUE RIVERA, age 45, 66 Auburn Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • NELSON R. COLON, age 46, 429 Colvin Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
  • KEVIN I. PEREZ, age 25, 1567 Elm St, Utica, NY 13501 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • CHRISTIAN E. GARCIA, age 31, 226 Evaleen Ave, Syracuse, NY 13207 - also charged with Criminal Impersonation
  • ESTHER GUZMAN, age 61, 747 10th Ave Apt 13F, New York, NY 10019
  • GISELLE ABREU MOREL, age 26, 551 West 175th St Apt 35, New York, NY 10033
  • JORGE L. MATEO, age 65, 1569 Elm St, Utica, NY 13501
  • MARIO L. MATEO, age 31, 1569 Elm St, Utica, NY 13501
  • RADHAMES PEREZ, age 37, 1531 Lincoln Ave, Utica, NY 13501 - also charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana for possessing approximately 26 grams of suspected marijuana
  • ALVIN J. COLON, age 36, 127 Lafayette St, Buffalo, NY 14213 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • HECTOR O. ALEJANDRO, age 65, 1071 Klein Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
  • ANGEL L. MARTINEZ, age 32, 205 N Main St, Moorefield, WV 26836 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • YORDANIS PLAZA LOPEZ, age 32, 411 Wilder St, Rochester, NY 14611 - also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for possessing over 100 grams of suspected heroin
  • CARLOS J. GONZALEZ, age 38, 711 Jay St Apt 1, Utica, NY 13501
  • EIDER DIAZ, age 42, 10 Costar St, Rochester, NY 14608
  • ANGEL M. ALEJANDRO, age 45, 87 Mariner St, Buffalo, NY 14221
  • JOSHUA E. CIRINO, age 25, 511 Roberts St Apt 1, Utica, NY 13501
  • LUIS A. RODRIGUEZ, age 19, 855 Bleecker St Apt 2, Utica, NY 13501 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • DANIEL A. SANTIAGO, age 37, 1430 Flagg Ave, Utica, NY 13502
  • RAMON RIVERA, age 63, 373 Gray Ave, Rochester, NY 14615
  • ANGEL L. RIVERA, age 52, 158 Evergreen Circle, Fairport, NY 14450
  • JAIME MATEO, age 61, 855 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501 - also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • DIOMEDES R. TAVERAS, age 51, 914 Blandina St, Utica, NY 13501
  • LUIS D. RIVERA, age 30, 933 Schuyler St, Utica, NY 13502
  • HECTOR A. MARTINEZ, age 31, 412 Ellis St, Syracuse, NY 13210
  • A 16-year-old male from Syracuse, NY 13210
  • EMMANUEL GOMEZ, age 29, 128 Floyd Ave, Utica, NY 13502 - also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • PATRICK SAMSON, age 65, 2308 Higby Rd, Frankfort, NY 13340

In addition, Tanner M. Pagan, 27, from Whitesboro was charged with a misdemeanor of being a spectator at an animal fighting for amusement.

State Police say their investigating is continuing.

Any information or questions regarding this case or any other illegal game bird operations in Central New York should be directed to Investigator Scott Rachon of the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit in Utica at (315) 793-2531.


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