Men arrested on suspicion of cockfighting make first court appearances
Two Douglas County men arrested on suspicion of cockfighting made their first appearances in court Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff Ken McGovern said officers removed 169 birds on Tuesday from their property, 7 miles south of Eudora.
He said the men were breeding roosters to participate in the illegal blood sport of cockfighting.
Ezequiel Olivas, 44, and Jose Guerrero, 40, were arrested at the property, 2174 N. 700 Road.
About 60 officers and animal officials spent six hours on Tuesday raiding two acres of land, where they found 118 gamecocks, 48 hens and three chicks, McGovern said.
The operation was conducted after about two years of planning.
Olivas was charged Tuesday with three counts of conducting cockfighting and one charge of possession of cockfighting paraphernalia.
He is being represented by Paul Morrison, former Kansas attorney general and Johnson County district attorney.
Guerrero was charged Wednesday with one count of conducting cockfighting. His attorney is Joe Dioszeghy.
The suspects are expected to be the first for the crime since a Kansas law was amended in July to make cockfighting a felony.
District Attorney Charles Branson said the charge carries a probation or prison sentence, depending on the suspect’s criminal history.
Guerrero is being held on $5,000 bond, Olivas on $6,000 bond. Both men are scheduled to return to court Dec. 22.