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East Texas county commissioner among 50 cited for participating in Cherokee County cockfighting

The sheriff's office is also seeking to issue nine warrants for those accused of participating in the ring, including an ex-Houston County commissioner.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas — The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has issued 50 citations, including one for an East Texas county commissioner, and arrested one man after a cockfighting ring bust in May. 

Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said Steven Lindsey has been charged with cockfighting, which is a Class A misdemeanor, after officials responded to reports of suspicious activity on County Road 2638 on May 23.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found evidence indicating a cockfighting derby had taken place and approximately 50 people were identified.

Deputies have issued 50 citations so far. Among those cited was Morris County Pct. 4 Commissioner Todd Freeman, Dickson said. 

The sheriff's office is also seeking to issue nine warrants for those accused of participating in the ring. A former Houston County commissioner is one of the nine other people wanted for allegedly being a part of the cockfighting.

During the investigation, two trucks, nine trailers, and 97 roosters were seized.

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