A routine traffic stop by Jim Wells County Sheriff Deputy Steven Dreyer lands a Mission, TX man in the jail on Sunday.
Dreyer was on patrol when he observed a Ford F-150 pulling a black box trailer disregard a stop sign.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 735 and County Road 440. He made contact with the driver, 45-year-old Onesimo Garza Jr. and two passengers.
As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed several chicken coops with live roosters in the bed of the truck and the back seat, according to Dryer's report.
Garza told the deputy he was on his way home from a cock fight.
The deputy seized a total of $8,494 from Garza and one of his passengers. Garza stated he made the money when his roosters won, officials stated.
Garza gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle. The deputy discovered blood, feathers and spurs or blades in the trailer. The spurs or blades are attached to the roosters before a fight.
The vehicle and roosters were released to one of the passengers.
Garza was transported to the JWC jail and charged with cockfighting: causes or earning. He was given a bond of $3,500.
Garza was released on Sunday afternoon.
The case is under investigation.
Charges of money laundering and engaging in organized criminal activity are pending against Garza.