10 NC men indicted in connection to illegal dog fighting

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – A federal Grand Jury indicted 10 North Carolina men in connection to illegal dog fighting and selling narcotics in southeastern North Carolina.

The indictment says the following men are accused of being involved in dog fighting in the Onslow County area for several months:

  • Lewis Edmond Andrews, Jr., 41 of Maple Hill
  • Ronnie Jeremy Thompson, 39 of Jacksonville
  • William Jay Farrior, a/k/a “Bo”, 36 of Maple Hill
  • Randall Jacob James, a/k/a “Slim”, 32 of Maple Hill
  • Mark Anthony West, 52 of Jacksonville
  • Leo Chadwick, 63 of Hubert
  • Aaron Richardson, a/k/a “Jit”, 41 of Jacksonville
  • Cedric Gerard Cook, 38 of Fayetteville
  • James David Martin, 38 of Maple HillJames Leslie Golden, III, 46 of Ayden

According to the indictment, the group of men purchased, received, bred, trained, conditioned, transported and delivered dogs for fights. They would place bets on the fight, sometimes wagering as much as $100,000 on a single fight.

Read the indictment

About 155 dogs were seized from four properties during the investigation. Those animals are being cared for at a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, Jacksonville Police Department and Onslow County Sheriff’s office.

Additional assistance was provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, NC Highway Patrol, NC SBI, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Andrews, Farrior James and West are also facing drug-related charges.

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