In a release, Peter D. Leary, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, commented on the drug/dog-fighting bust:
"Dog fighting is brutal and illegal; it is particularly troubling when combined with drug trafficking. We will investigate and prosecute individuals who engage in these criminal acts and seek justice for all of their victims."
Individuals who participate in the dark underworld of dog-fighting do it for one reason - the love of money, at any cost. Dogs are forced to maim and kill, and if they fail in their mission, they are typically destroyed. Those involved in this bust are facing multiple federal charges. Jean Williams, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said:
“As this case demonstrates, we continue to aggressively prosecute dog fighters and those who work together to support and further their inhumane criminal activities."
The indictment alleges that defendants Lockett, Owens, Raines, A. Davis, Carter, Bentley, Holmes, Vegas, L. Davis, and Whitfield were involved in a conspiracy between May 2019 and February 2020 to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Lockett is charged in separate counts with distribution of cocaine base and cocaine, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine. A. Davis and Holmes are charged in separate counts with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine. Walton is charged in a separate count with possession of cocaine.
The indictment further alleges that defendants Lockett, Owens, Raines, A. Davis, and Walton were involved in a conspiracy to sponsor and exhibit dogs in a dog fight, and possess, train, transport, deliver, and receive dogs for the purpose of having the dogs participate in a dog fight. The indictment outlines dog fights the defendants are alleged to have attended between May 2019 and February 2020, as well as discussions between the co-conspirators about training and matching up their dogs for fighting. In addition, the defendants are separately charged with possession of dogs for purposes of having the dogs participate in dog fights as follows: Lockett – 15 counts; Raines – 40 counts; Owens – 44 counts, Walton – 18 counts; A. Davis – nine counts.
We need your support to show court officials that we care about bringing dog-fighting to an end. These people must be put away for as long as possible!
Note: There is no information available about the current status of dogs who were part of this dog-fighting operation.
Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Department of Justice News Release
Update 4/23/2021: Today Animal Victory sent 15,885 signatures and comments to both Government attorneys, William Keyes and Banumathi Rangarajan, prosecuting the case. Read our letter here.