Ten people indicted for attending dog fight in Akron

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Ten people were indicted in federal court for attending a dog fight, law enforcement officials said.

Indicted are: Alvin Banks, 56, of Akron; Carlton Davis and Anthony L. Harris, both 41 and both of Gary, Ind.; Donell Higginbotham, 35, of Pittsburgh; Mark Terrell McCraw, 29, of Hersporia, Calif.; Samuel G. Mobley, 38, of Gastonia, N.C.; Corey B. Moorefield, 45, of Pittsburgh; Darius D. Muse, 24, of Victorville, Calif.; Ryan A. Sadler, 32, of Gastonia, N.C. and Tommy L. Walker, 60, of East Chicago, Ind.

The indictment was announced by the district U.S. Attorney, Cleveland FBI, and local and county law enforcement.

Banks and McCraw face additional counts of sponsoring and exhibiting a canine in an animal fighting venture, as well as buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting canines for participation in an animal fighting venture.

Banks has also been charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, possession with intent to manufacture and distribute less than 50 marijuana plants or less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, and for possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Last month, federal and local authorities raided a home on Cordova Avenue in Akron as part of an investigation into dog fighting. In addition to firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash, investigators discovered a blood-stained 16x16 foot ring used as part of an animal fighting venture, as well as two "break sticks" used to pry a dog's mouth and teeth off another dog when the fight is finished. They also found eight pit bull or pit bull mixes, two of which were covered in blood and had fresh wounds from a fight that occurred just prior to the execution of the search warrant, according to court documents.

If convicted, prior offenses and role in this particular case will be considered.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

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