After a two-year-long drug investigation The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabeth City Police Department, The Federal Drug Enforcement Agencies (DEA), North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (NCALE), North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI), Camden Sheriff’s Office arrested two people Desmond B. White B/M 35 and Maurice Baum B/M 37 on Federal drug charges and executed 4 Federal search warrants at four different locations in Elizabeth City on February 5, 2013. These suspects are being held without bond on the Federal Drug charges.
During this operation Law Enforcement uncovered a large amount of evidence in dog fighting activity by these two suspects. The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office initiated a massive crackdown on the dog fighting activity with the assistance of Elizabeth City Police Department, Camden and Perquimans Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. The investigation in the dog fighting began on February 5, 2013 with the seizure of 45 dogs from three properties in Elizabeth City and one location in Camden along with paraphernalia items used in fighting, training dogs to fight and medical supplies to treat an enhance a dog in fighting.
It is the HSUS’ policy that all dogs seized from animal fighting operations be treated as individuals. All of the dogs rescued from this operation will be individually evaluated for potential placement with HSUS Dogfighting Rescue Coalition placement partners.
PetSmart Charities is providing the necessary food, supplies and enrichment items for the dogs.
- Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states
- The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting.
- The HSUS asks anyone with information about animal fighting criminals to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters’ identities are protected.
- Rescue groups interested in becoming members of the HSUS’ Dogfighting Rescue Coalition should visit humanesociety.org/dogfighting.
- This case will now be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and go to the Grand Jury for appropriate charges.