FORT WAYNE IN - WHILE SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT IN CONNECTION WITH A DRUG DEALING INVESTIGATION POLICE DISCOVERED EVIDENCE OF DOG FIGHTING
One man was arrested on drug and dog-fighting charges and two other people were arrested on drug charges after Fort Wayne Police Department officers served a search warrant about 11:30 a.m. Friday at a home in the 2300 block of 25th Avenue in southwest Fort Wayne.
Officers from Fort Wayne Police's Emergency Services Team and Vice and Narcotics Division served the search warrant in connection with a drug dealing investigation, police reported.
During the search, police reported discovering evidence of dog fighting and of the training of dogs for fighting. Police worked with Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control to remove FOUR PIT BULL DOGS from the house and to collect evidence of the dog fighting.
One dog allegedly had extensive scarring around its head, which is consistent with the dog being in repeated dog fights, police reported.
Police also reported finding more than 8 grams of cocaine and marijuana, which one of the residents, Maurice Sewell, allegedly tried to swallow. Police said they did recover the drugs later and also found three guns, including one loaded handgun.
Those arrested are:
* Sewell, on charges of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug; maintaining a common nuisance; animal fighting contests; possession of animal fighting paraphernalia; possession of a firearm by a serious, violent felon; and possession of marijuana.
* Leslie Anne Dennis, on a charge of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.