Cockfighting organizations indicted in SC

Twenty-one people were charged in three separate indictments which involved two cockfighting ventures operated in Lexington and Williamsburg Counties. Undercover officers attended eight cockfighting derbies held near Swansea in Lexington County and near Oceida in Williamsburg County.
The maximum penalty for conspiracy, operating an unlawful animal fighting venture and operating an illegal gambling business is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each charge
The indictments are the result of a 13-month undercover investigation by state and federal authorities.