People Detained By ICE After Authorities Raid Suspected Detroit Cockfighting Ring

People Detained By ICE After Authorities Raid Suspected Detroit Cockfighting Ring

Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies raided a building in southwest Detroit on Saturday as part of a transnational probe into cockfighting, gambling and money laundering, WDIV reports.

Walls said that about 140 federal, state and local law enforcement officials were involved in the raid, which was led by Homeland Security Investigations.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released this statement to 7 Action News.

He said 86 people were inside the building when a search warrant was executed by multiple jurisdictions. He added that those arrested will be held in ICE custody "pending removal proceedings".

Walls says authorities "had information that this was nuisance" to the area and had investigated for several months.

We're told it happened at about 1 p.m. on Green Street, near Springwells Street and Vernor Highway.

At the time, the MI law was considered one of the toughest in the country. In Michigan, both cockfighting and dogfighting are treated the same as drug and prostitution rings in that they can be prosecuted as a criminal enterprise under legislation signed in 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder.