LANCASTER – A 27-year-old felon was arrested Thursday morning after authorities raided his Lancaster home and found several guns, marijuana plants, methamphetamine and a cockfighting ring in the backyard, authorities said.
Jorge Diaz was arrested around 9:30 a.m. on suspicion of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine for sales, cockfighting, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, with additional charges pending, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
[Around 7:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8], deputies with the Lancaster NARCO Unit served a search warrant at a residence located on the 3500 Block of east Avenue H-4.
They located resident Jorge Diaz in the home.
The deputies discovered four handguns, one rifle, five pounds of marijuana, 20 marijuana plants, one pound of methamphetamine, and additional items of evidence used for sales. One of the firearms was also reported stolen.
Deputies with the C.O.P.S. Bureau also responded to assist, once 150 roosters and cockfighting tools were located.
Los Angeles County Animal Control also responded and took control of the animals.
Suspect Diaz was booked at the Lancaster Station Jail for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine for sales, felon with a firearm, suspicion of cock fighting, and additional charges are pending.
Suspect Diaz was held on $55,000 bail. A second suspect has been identified and is pending being apprehended.
The second suspect’s name is not yet being released, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
Diaz was targeted for the drug bust after authorities observed his activities over a lengthy period of time, Ruiz said.
“It was based on good old-fashioned police work and follow up information,” Ruiz said. “The primary intent was to look for marijuana and illegal narcotics. The birds were a secondary find.”