Akron man pleads guilty to operating dog-fighting venture

Akron man pleads guilty to operating dog-fighting venture

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron man pleaded guilty in federal court to operating a dog-fighting venture and other things.

Alvin Banks, 56, is scheduled to be sentenced June 30. He pleaded guilty to five counts: sponsoring and exhibiting a canine in an animal fighting venture; buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting canines for participation in an animal fighting venture; attending an animal-fighting venture; being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and possession with intent to manufacture and distribute less than 50 marijuana plants.

Banks is the last of 10 people to plead guilty in federal court related to a dog-fighting operation uncovered in Akron last year.

Federal and local authorities raided a home on Cordova Avenue in Akron on Nov. 15, 2014 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.

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