Police: Odenton man arrested on cockfighting charges

ODENTON, Md. (AP) -- More than 200 birds have been removed from the property of an Odenton man who is facing cockfighting charges.

Police say 36-year-old Ethan S. Harmon was arrested Monday after investigators searched his property, following a tip.

Police say detectives, Animal Control officers and representatives from the Humane Society of the United States discovered cockfighting paraphernalia, as well as roosters, hens and chicks on Harmon's property.

Police spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith says investigators don't believe cockfighting was occurring at the farm, but that the birds were being raised there to be sold for cockfighting.

Among the charges Harmon is facing are 67 counts of possession with intent to use a gamecock for the purpose of fighting another animal.

Jail records do not indicate if Harmon has hired an attorney.

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