A man wanted in connection with the investigation of narcotics sales and a cockfighting ring is in custody.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said Oscar Rodriguez, 26, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Elkhart, Ind. Monday afternoon.
The sheriff’s department has been searching for Rodriguez, who assaulted a law enforcement officer and escaped from a house on County Road 67 near Myrtle on Aug. 2.
On that evening, deputies responded to a disturbance call referencing the home of Mario Gonzales. The deputies had been informed that there may be a weapon and some drugs out by a chicken house on the property. When the deputies discovered Rodriguez inside the chicken coop, he attacked and then fled the scene.
Edwards said investigators uncovered cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine during a search of the residence, along with signs of a cockfighting operation.
Edwards said investigators discovered a cockfighting pen along with paraphenalia like scales, muscle enhancers and even weapons used to attach to the roosters before they enter the ring to fight.
Representatives of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society found and seized 20 roosters and 15 hens that were belived to be in “deplorable conditions”
Gonzales was charged with animal cruelty, animal killing, injuring, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and sale of controlled substance.
According to Edwards, Rodriguez will also face numerous charges, such as possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, assault on a law officer.
Edwards said Rodriguez will be extradicted back to Mississippi to face those charges.