A Morgan Hill man was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, cockfighting gaffs, and California Department of Fish and Game violations.
Henry Arnibal, 38, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail after sheriff's deputies searched his unincorporated Morgan Hill property near Sleepy Valley Road and Armsby Lane at 7:05 a.m., and found him in possession of a small amount of meth, meth smoking pipes, and a .22 caliber rifle.
It's unknown whether Arnibal has a gun permit, said Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team members also found 50 roosters, some being altered for cockfighting, according to Cardoza.
The roosters had blades attached to their feet, known as "gaffs." Animal control staff is looking into where the roosters came from, Cardoza added.
A bobcat carcass was also found in Arnibal’s possession, although it's not clear what he was doing with it, Cardoza said.
Arnibal was charged with two California Department of Fish and Game violations for the unlawful taking of animals. The department is conducting a follow-up investigation on the two misdemeanor charges, Cardoza said.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (408) 808-4410 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.