2 men face charges in alleged cockfighting, gambling operation
Two men are facing charges after an alleged cockfighting and gambling operation in Newark was shut down early Sunday morning.
Newark police arrested 53-year-old Noralberto Orengo and 53-year-old William Aviles after they say the two men were running an illegal cockfighting and gambling business in the city. They say Orengo was the business owner, and Aviles managed it.
Officers out on patrol received an anonymous tip that led them to the El Cacique Social Club on North Sixth Street Saturday night. Authorities say a crowd was gathered to watch the roosters fight.
After raiding the business, Newark police and officials with the SPCA spent the rest of the evening removing 45 roosters, including five dead ones from the social club.
Residents say the only thing they have noticed about the business is that it tends to blast the music during the weekends.
Orengo and Aviles each face charges associated with illegal gaming and managing an establishment hosting live animal fighting.