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Dogs, drugs and weapons seized in George County dogfighting ring

Photo courtesy of the George County Sheriff's Office.

A man has been arrested for dogfighting in George County.

Agents with the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force (SMNTF) and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) responded to a residence on Bexley Road South in George County after receiving complaints regarding possible stolen property, dogfighting, and drug activity.

When they arrived, agents discovered a stolen ATV and stolen motorcycle. They then found and seized approximately one-quarter pound of marijuana, MDMA (Ecstacy). Along with the drugs, officers and agents found evidence of a dogfighting operation, including 24 injured dogs, as well as several roosters that they believe were used for chicken fighting.

Kofe Benard Riley (38) of George County, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is facing additional charges, including possession of a controlled substance (marijuana and MDMA) and receiving stolen property.

Riley has been booked into the George County Regional Correctional Facility and is awaiting an initial appearance before a George County Justice Court Judge.

George County Sheriff Keith Havard thanked those who assisted in the investigation which included the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Wiggins Police Chief Matt Barnett, and Dixie Adoptables.

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