Two Face 345 Charges for Alleged Cockfighting Ring

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Two Johnson County men face a total of 345
charges for an alleged cockfighting ring.

Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline on Friday filed 172 counts of unlawful conduct of cockfighting each against 37-year-old Fernando Tapia and 50-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Machain. Rodriguez-Machain also faces one count of obstruction of official duty, bringing the total charges between the two to 345.

Each man's bond is set at $500,000.

The men were arrested Wednesday at a farm about eight miles west
of Olathe. Authorities say they found more than 170 fighting roosters and a large sum of cash while executing a search warrant.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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