Deputies found nearly 200 game fowl that appeared to be used for fighting while searching a residence Wednesday on S.C. Highway 25 North, said Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly.
Fredi Gallo-Guadarrama, 37, was arrested Wednesday and charged with manufacturing marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition and game fowl fighting, Kelly said.
Greenwood deputies were joined by the state Immigration Enforcement Unit and investigators from Homeland Security to serve a search warrant Wednesday at 7622 Highway 25 N., according to a report. Prior investigation determined a man there was not a U.S. citizen.
While interviewing the man, officers learned he was raising game fowl for fighting, and he told officers evidence of it would be found on the property, the report said.
During their search, officers found 14 plants believed to be marijuana, along with about 230 birds on the property, with 190 of them seemingly used in fighting. Deputies also noted finding spurs, bands to attach them and medicine to treat the animals when injured.