PATERSON, NJ – A 49-year-old Pacific Street resident who authorities believe was the ringleader behind a Marshall Street cockfighting operation turned himself in to police on Tuesday, according to a story on northjersey.com.
The man Edwin Rodriquez, who also goes by Jose Cruz, was charged with committing a third-degree crime involving animal fighting, the story said.
Rodriguez posted 10 percent of his $10,000 bail and was released from custody, the story said. Authorities say about 60 people were at the fights Saturdaty night at a pallet warehouse when police conducted a raid and arrested 11 people, the story said. Dozens of others escaped.