Eight Arrested After Illegal Cockfighting Operation Is Busted in Ocala by Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, Marion County Sheriff

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During a search of the location, 34 roosters were located. 28 roosters were found deceased in piles scattered across the property, three were severely injured, and three were located in a vehicle, alive and unharmed. File photo: Patarapong Saraboon, Shutter Stock, licensed.

MARION COUNTY, FL – On Saturday, July 30, 2022, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST), along with Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies, AIR-1, and Marion County Animal Control (MCAC), developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for an illegal cockfighting operation located on NW 44th Avenue, in Ocala, FL. As a result of the investigation, Cameron Taylor, Travis Lowe, Alan David Edwards, Tyrese Taylor, Brandon Taylor, Shaun Stuart, Dale Gorney and a 15 year old juvinile were arrested after they were captured trying to flee the area.

During a search of the location, 34 roosters were located. 28 roosters were found deceased in piles scattered across the property, three were severely injured, and three were located in a vehicle, alive and unharmed. UDEST agents, MCSO deputies, and MCAC officers also located a makeshift fighting ring with fresh blood and loose rooster feathers inside of the ring. Additionally, while searching the inside of vehicles and trailers on the property, investigators located cages, medical equipment for injured roosters, injectable muscle power for roosters, derby pills, metal spurs, and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with cockfighting. During a search of Cameron Taylor’s vehicle, investigators located cash, two firearms, and live ammunition. In 2011, Cameron Taylor was convicted of Animal Cruelty after shooting his neighbor’s dog.

The listed individuals were arrested, charged accordingly, and transported to the Marion County Jail.

Cameron Taylor, 54, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, Owning, Possessing or Selling Equipment used in Animal Fighting, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon
Travis Lowe, 33, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Owning, Possessing or Selling Equipment used in Animal Fighting

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Alan David Edwards, 54, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, and Owning, Possessing or Selling Equipment used in Animal Fighting
Dale Gorney, 37, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, and Owning, Possessing or Selling Equipment used in Animal Fighting
Brandon Taylor, 30, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, and Resisting Arrest without Violence
Tyrese Taylor, 21, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals, and Resisting Arrest without Violence
Shaun Stuart, 38, was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals
A 15 year old Juvenile was charged with Attending the Fighting or Baiting of Animals.
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