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Dog-fighting investigation leads to drug charges

Two Illinois men were handed drug charges on April 14 after federal authorities executed several search warrants in connection with an alleged dog-fighting ring. Starting at about 6 a.m. that morning, federal authorities began searching 10 Rock Island locations and one Davenport location. More than 60 pit bulls were transported to a temporary shelter as a result of the year-long investigation.

One of the accused individuals is a 34-year-old man who was charged for one count of possession of cannabis. His bail was set at $10,000. A 41-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $75,000. According to reports, the 41-year-old man was previously convicted for two Class 4 felonies: aggravated cruelty to animals and promoting dog fighting.

Though the search warrants that led to the men's charges were connected to an illegal dog-fighting investigation, neither man has been charged for any new dog-related crimes. According to the Rock Island State's Attorney, federal investigators are handling the case almost exclusively. Local authorities will only be assisting the case if the investigation leads to any state charges being filed.

Large-scale federal investigations often take years to complete and can result in multiple search warrants. People who were visiting a house when it was searched by authorities may have been falsely charged with participating in crimes that they knew nothing about, and as such may want to have defense representation to combat the allegations.

Source: Quad City Times, "2 arrested on drug charges after dog-fighting probe to appear in court," Tara Becker and Brian Wellner, April 15, 2016

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