An illegal cockfighting operation broken up by Navarro County Sheriff's Office Sunday, July 28 in Rice culminated in an arrest made Monday evening, Aug. 5, as the search for a second fugitive continues.

Porfirio Rocha Botello, 52, was arrested Monday and booked into the Navarro County Jail on charges of cockfighting: space/owns/trains/equips. His bond was set at $1,500.

Botello is also being held for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He will remain in the custody of NCSO until immigration officials can transfer him to federal custody for an alleged immigration violation.

The NCSO responded to possible cockfighting event taking place on NW 0150 in Rice on July 28. According to reports, as deputies and detectives arrived on the scene and approached the rural location, which sat several hundred yards off the county road, they saw several people running into the woods.

Deputies located a fighting arena and evidence of a cockfighting operation in plain view.

“During the course of the investigation, our Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for two suspects believed to be responsible for the operation,” Sheriff Elmer Tanner stated.

“I applaud the work of our detectives assigned to this case in identifying the suspects and obtaining warrants for their arrest. We will continue to be diligent in seeking out and stopping these illegal events that involve animal cruelty in our county.”

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