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Cockfighting suspicion leads to man's arrest on pot charges
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A Hall County man arrested Wednesday in relation to growing marijuana also is suspected of being involved in cockfighting, Hall County officials said in a news release.

James Timothy Ragan, 47, of Gainesville, was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A search warrant was performed when Hall County Animal Control & Enforcement learned of possible bird fighting.

The suspicion came while performing a routine patrol, when one of the animal control officers discovered roosters. From the physical state of the roosters, officers had a suspicion the fowls were being used for fighting.

“By the ordinance, no person shall own, possess, keep or train any animal or fowl with the intent that such animal or fowl shall be engaged in an exhibition of fighting,” animal control field supervisor Joey Robinson said.

During a search warrant for cockfighting paraphernalia, animal control officers discovered multiple marijuana plants. The Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad responded after the discovery.

Agents seized 82 growing marijuana plants, a quantity of processed marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a 12-gauge shotgun. The drugs were valued at $164,000. 

In addition, animal control officers seized roosters and cockfighting paraphernalia, and Ragan was cited by animal control in connection with possession of an animal or fowl for fighting and the possession or building of cockfighting materials, Robinson said.

Ragan has been booked into the Hall County Jail.

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