PREMONT - A Kingsville man was arrested Sunday night after deputies observed him and another man leaving a cockfighting establishment.
According to Jim Wells County Deputy Reuben Lopez, the department received a tip about a cockfighting establishment on County Road 420. When they arrived Lopez and another deputy observed 41-year-old Sergio Bustamante Jr.'s vehicle leaving the area.
Lopez conducted a traffic stop and approached Bustamante. During the roadside interview, Lopez saw a wooden container in the backseat of the vehicle and asked for consent to search the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a fighting rooster in the wooden container and a total of 56 pieces of cockfighting paraphernalia from mounting spurs to knifes.
"At the beginning of the year, we made it clear that cockfighting in not allowed in Jim Wells County and it is prohibited in the State of Texas," said JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno.
Bustamante's vehicle was impounded. The passenger was cited for open container and for being a spectator of a cockfight.
"Cockfighting is a crime that needs to be taken seriously and we need to crackdown on these events. Spectators may be issued a citation for attending and can be arrested if they have previous convictions," Lopez stated. "Also being in possession of cockfighting equipment can lead to jail time. All lives matter and we need to be the voice for these animals that are being abused."
Bustamante was charged for being in possession of cockfighting equipment.