The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division assisted in serving a search warrant with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 18151 Wildcat Drive, Estero on Monday.
During the execution of the search warrant a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Section observed several items he believed to be used in cockfighting. These items included approximately 200 fighting roosters housed in separate cages as well as the paraphernalia used such as sharp razor spurs, needles, and incubating equipment.
A deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Agriculture Unit responded to the 11-acre property and found evidence that the location was being used as a breeding cock farm for training, selling, and fighting domestic roosters.
On Tuesday, a detective assigned to investigate the case executed a search warrant on the property and recovered approximately 280 fighting roosters, hens, and biddies (baby chicks). Also recovered were over 60 blades used in rooster fighting, medical supplies, two scales, rooster fighting magazines, and custom-made cages.
Several guns were also recovered including one which had been reported stolen out of Lee County. Noel Eduardo Madrid-Matute Alvaro Gadiel Meza-Barba and Jesus Guadalupe Meza-Barba each face assorted charges related to selling or possessing animals and equipment used to fight as well as owning or leasing property used for animals to fight.
All three suspects reside at 18151 Wildcat Drive, Estero.
They have been transported to the Lee County Jail.