Four people were arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges in connection with the growing of pot and the raising of roosters for the blood sport of cockfighting in Antelope.
The four were part of a large bust Monday of a half-dozen people on several parcels of land where a warrant was served at 28th Street and Angus Way, east of Cherry Island Golf Course.
Headed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s North Problem Oriented Policing team, a group of officers from Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties found evidence that the roosters were being used for illegal cockfights.
About 100 birds were removed from the property by Sacramento County Animal Control officers.
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Four people, McMahony Sou Saetern, 29, Koy Orn Saeteurn, 53, Chan Meng Saetern, 53, and Ou Chio Saetern, 28, were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.
In addition to the birds, deputies found a marijuana garden of 950 plants. Water had been diverted from a creek to irrigate the patch.
About 200 pounds of processed marijuana were seized. The street value of the pot was estimated at $4.5 million.
The four arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty were also booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and marijuana for sale. Two other men, Daniel Espinoza, 38, and Steven Santana, 27, were also booked on the same drug charges.