Thirty-six people have been charged for their involvement in cockfighting operations in Lexington and Williamsburg counties, S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster said Friday morning.
The arrests are part of a 13 month undercover investigation. Officers from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources attended cockfighting events in Swansea and in Oceida, which is in Williamsburg County.
Cockfighting is a misdemeanor. If convicted, those charged face a maximum punishment of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.