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Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Oregon)

Raid nets roosters for fighting, pot
02/27/02

Officers seized firearms, 214 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, roosters bred for cockfighting and cockfighting paraphernalia during searches Tuesday at a Butte Valley ranch and a Dorris residence.

Two arrests have been made, a third person was cited, and further charges are under consideration by the Siskiyou County district attorney’s office, detectives said.

Howard Allen Leonard, 50, Dorris, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation for sale of marijuana.

Wayne Alexander Lang, 41, Midland, was charged with cultivation of marijuana.

Both posted $15,000 bail and were released from the Siskiyou County Jail.

Joseph Allen Leonard, 20, Dorris, was cited on a charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Sheriff’s detectives sought search warrants at a 625-acre ranch owned by Lane and Darlene Lees of Montero, Calif., and at the Antonio Garcia residence in Dorris after they received confidential information about an indoor growing operation.

From a ranch shed, police said, they confiscated 214 marijuana plants 1.5-3 feet tall. They also seized a pound of processed marijuana, 14 firearms and $5,000 cash.

Police said Leonard is the caretaker for the ranch, which is owned by a person who lives outside the area.

While searching the Garcia residence, police said, they found no drugs but instead found cockfighting paraphernalia, including razor-sharp knives that are strapped on birds’ legs during fights. Six roosters bred to fight and one hen were found in cages in a shed on the property. The birds were confiscated and released to animal control officers. A cane sword, loaded revolver and $4,500 cash were also taken.

Detectives said the roosters are valued at $300 to $1,000 each.

Police said they have sent information about the seizures to the district attorney’s office.