On Thursday, 58-year-old Juan Romero was arrested in Hialeah for his involvement in a large cockfighting operation. According to an arrest report, Romero was charged with owning, breeding, training, and possessing animals for fighting.
The initial investigation into fraud in the 4600 block of E. 10th Lane led police to a large number of cages housing male chickens. Some of the chickens had their feathers plucked, which indicated that they were being used for cockfighting.
As the investigation continued, investigators found more chickens in cages and red foam mimicking the shape of a chicken used to train chickens for fighting. Eventually, the investigators made contact with Romero, who admitted ownership of the chickens. They were allowed inside his business, where they discovered a cockfighting ring and more chickens.
In total, approximately 160 fighting roosters were found on the property. Police determined that Romero was breeding and training these roosters for fighting and keeping them at his place of business.
Romero was taken into custody and booked. It is unclear if he has an attorney at this time. On Friday, aerial footage from the scene showed some of the chickens still in cages behind the business.