Lawyer blames Mexican cartel in Elko drug, cockfight case
ELKO, Nev. - A defense lawyer says two northeast Nevada men accused of drug-trafficking and conducting illegal cockfights feared for their lives and were only taking orders from higher-ups a Mexican cartel.
The trial in Elko County District Court is expected to wrap up next week. Hector Hugo Ramirez-De La Torre and Jorge Ruiz were arrested in a drug raid in March 2019.
Law officers confiscated firearms, more than eight pounds of methamphetamine, cockfighting paraphernalia and $13,000.
They found more than 500 chickens and ended up euthanizing nearly 250 roosters.
Defense attorney Gary Woodland says Ramirez-De La Torre feared he’d be killed if he didn’t follow the cartel’s orders.
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