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SBSD - Victor Valley Sheriff's Department
Thursday December 7th, 2017 :: 09:07 a.m. PST


Rural Crime Task Force serves search warrant and find a fighting bird operation, illegal weapons and narcotics

DATE/TIME: December 5, 2017 2:05 p.m.

INCIDENT: Animal Cruelty, Possession of Short Barreled Shotgun, Weapon with Serial Number Removed, Honey Oil Lab, Marijuana Cultivation

LOCATION: 11900 Block of Sierra Vista Road, Phelan

SUSPECT: Michael Richard Graciano, 53 years old, of Phelan

Detectives and deputies from the Victor Valley Station served a search warrant at the Sierra Vista Road address for evidence of a fighting game bird operation. The department’s Rural Crime Task Force deputies, Rob Oakleaf and Randy Stanley, gathered information on the large bird compound.

The Rural Crime Task Force coordinated with San Bernardino County Animal Control Officers to assist with the investigation. In all, 119 fighting roosters were seized. There were many roosters housed in separate cages on the property. Game bird fighting implements, supplements and bird fighting publications were also seized.

During the investigation, illegal weapons were located as well as an illegal marijuana honey oil lab and an outside marijuana grow. The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team responded and assisted with the investigation.

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

Refer: Staci Parks

Case # 071703864 and 621700361

Station: Victor Valley

Phone No: 760-552-6845

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Victor Valley Sheriff's Department
11613 Bartlett Ave
Adelanto, CA 92301

Emergency: 9-1-1

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