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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Seven adults, teen arrested after illegal cockfighting operation discovered in Ocala

Seven adults and a teenager were arrested over the weekend after an illegal cockfighting operation was discovered in Ocala.

On Saturday, July 30, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST), along with Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies, AIR-1, and Marion County Animal Control, developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for an illegal cockfighting operation located in the 6900 block of NW 44th Avenue in Ocala.

Prior to the execution of the search warrant, UDEST agents and MCSO deputies entered the open gates to the property in an attempt to make contact with the property’s owner, according to the UDEST report. Upon arrival, the agents and deputies observed several individuals who were attempting to flee the area, and those individuals were detained.

Once the search warrant was signed, UDEST agents, MCSO deputies, and Marion County Animal Control began to search the property. The UDEST report indicated that a makeshift fighting ring was found, and fresh blood and loose rooster feathers were inside the ring.

Twenty-eight deceased roosters were found in piles that were scattered throughout the property. Three severely injured roosters were discovered, and they were taken away to be euthanized. Investigators also located three roosters inside a vehicle that were alive and unharmed.

While searching the interior of vehicles and trailers that were located on the property, investigators also found cages, medical equipment for injured roosters, injectable muscle power for roosters, derby pills, metal spurs, and numerous other items of paraphernalia that are associated with cockfighting.

Below are the individuals who were arrested, charged accordingly, and transported to Marion County Jail.

Eight people arrested after illegal cockfighting operation discovered in Ocala 2
(From top left to right): Cameron Tyrone Taylor, Sr.; Travis Caldrell Lowe; Alan David Edwards; and Dale Gorney. (From bottom left to right): Brandon Taylor; Tyrese Taylor; and Shaun Christopher Stuart.

Ocala resident Cameron Tyrone Taylor, Sr., 54, is facing felony charges for attending the fighting or baiting of animals; and owning, possessing, or selling equipment for use in animal fighting.

During a search of Taylor’s vehicle, which was on the incident property, investigators found cash, two firearms, and live ammunition. In 2011, Taylor was convicted of animal cruelty after shooting his neighbor’s dog. He is facing two additional felony charges for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of ammo by a convicted felon.

Ocala resident Travis Caldrell Lowe, 33, is facing felony charges for attending the fighting or baiting of animals; and owning, possessing, or selling equipment for use in animal fighting. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer without violence.

Sebring resident Alan David Edwards, 54, is facing felony charges for attending the fighting or baiting of animals; and owning, possessing, or selling equipment for use in animal fighting.

Hollywood resident Dale Gorney, 37, is facing felony charges for attending the fighting or baiting of animals; and owning, possessing, or selling equipment for use in animal fighting.

Ocala resident Brandon Taylor, 30, is facing a felony charge for attending the fighting or baiting of animals, along with a misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer without violence.

Ocala resident Tyrese Taylor, 21, is facing a felony charge for attending the fighting or baiting of animals, along with a misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer without violence.

Zolfo Spring resident Shaun Christopher Stuart, 38, is facing a felony charge for attending the fighting or baiting of animals.

A 15-year-old boy was also arrested and is being charged with attending the fighting or baiting of animals.

A court date has not been scheduled yet for any of the eight individuals, according to jail records.