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Authorities find cock fighting, illegal weapons, and narcotics at Phelan home

PHELAN, Calif. (VVNG.com) – A Phelan man was arrested after officials found illegal weapons, narcotics, marijuana grow, and a cock-fighting operation during a search warrant Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 2:00 pm, authorities responded to the home of 53-year-old Michael Richard Graciano in the 11900 block of Sierra Vista Road in Phelan.

The Rural Crime Task Force coordinated with San Bernardino County Animal Control Officers to assist with the investigation.

Officials said many roosters were housed in separate cages on the property and 119 fighting roosters were seized. “Game bird fighting implements, supplements and bird fighting publications were also seized,” officials said in a news release.

During the investigation, illegal weapons with their serial numbers removed were located as well as an illegal marijuana honey oil lab and an outside marijuana grow, officials said.

Michael Graciano was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $540,000.00 bail.

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