An elderly man was arrested and more than 20 people were cited by Jim Wells County Sheriff’s deputies after they came across an illegal cockfighting derby.

Over the weekend the sheriff’s office received a 9-1-1 call. However, the unknown caller hung up. Deputies began to investigate and their inquires lead them to a property eight miles north of the Tecote community in Jim Wells County off of Highway 281.

When they arrived they discovered a group of people who were participating in the illegal activity. The individuals cited for being spectators at a cockfighting derby were from Alice, San Diego, Mathis and Orange Grove.

There were no roosters in the ring when deputies arrived, according to Sheriff Daniel Bueno. However, deputies found three dead roosters and approximately more than 50 caged roosters. Deputies confiscated paraphernalia used be roosters during their fights.

Alberto Benavides Ramirez, 75, was arrested for cruelty to animals.

“This (activity) is prohibited in the state of Texas...Here in Jim Wells County it is not allowed. It is illegal and it involves cruelty towards animals,” Bueno said. “It’s illegal don’t do it period.”

Bueno said that this is a warning to people who participate in this type of criminal activity.

Ramirez was taken to the JWC jail.