HALIFAX COUNTY, Va.UPDATED 2:00 p.m. — Sheriff's deputies busted an alleged dog fighting and drug distribution ring Wednesday morning in Halifax County.
Investigators say the raid was at a location on Dr. Lacy Trail in the Nathalie area.
Investigators say the dogs are being taken away for treatment. Some are only a day old. Deputies say they have found evidence of dead dogs on the property.
Three men have been arrested so far and more arrests are pending. They have been identified as William Thaxton, Levar Adams and Jonathan Williams.
Thaxton and Williams were indicted last Thursday by a federal grand jury in Roanoke but the indictments were sealed until the bust today.
Williams was charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine, one count of being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm, one count of illegally transferring a firearm and one count of conspiring to sell or transport a dog or animal to be used in an animal fighting venture. Thaxton was charged in the same indictment with one count of conspiring to sell or transfer a dog or animal to be used in an animal fighting venture.