LANCASTER – Multiple stolen firearms, stolen vehicle parts and several quantities of methamphetamine packaged for sale were seized at a Littlerock residence last month, authorities announced Tuesday.
Around 5 a.m. on April 28, teams of deputies, acting on a tip from an “anonymous concerned citizen,” served a search warrant in the 9200 block of East Avenue Q-14, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
During the raid, deputies also found an illegal cockfighting ring and fighting paraphernalia, Stamsek stated.
“Animal Control responded and rescued approximately 80 roosters and approximately 10 pit bulls,” Stamsek stated. “Animal Control officers found injuries and illnesses to many of the animals recovered.”
Deputies arrested two suspects locally in connection with the raid and worked with other law enforcement agencies to get a third suspect into custody, according to Stamsek.
“LAN-CAP [Lancaster Community Appreciation Program] coordinated efforts with several outside law enforcement agencies such as the Bismark Police Department [in North Dakota] and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding a third suspect who may have fled the residence prior to the search warrant being served,” Stamsek stated. “The third suspect was arrested in North Dakota traveling with approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine and a firearm.”
The suspects’ identities are being withheld right now to protect the ongoing investigation, according to Stamsek.
They were described only as two Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman.
The operation was conducted by the Lancaster Sheriff Station’s Community Appreciation Program (LAN-CAP) with assistance from the Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau and Palmdale deputies, Stamsek said.