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UPDATE: Man accused of organizing Hardin County cockfight says it won't happen again

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Jeu Sanchez, 48, of Silsbee (Hardin County Sheriff's Office) Jeu Sanchez, 48, of Silsbee (Hardin County Sheriff's Office)

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office has made dozens of arrests in connection with an alleged cockfighting ring near the Tyler County Line.

Sheriff Ed Cain says the arrests took place Saturday afternoon, north of Silsbee on property just off of  Highway 92.

The man accused of organizing the fights, Jeu Sanchez, 48, of Silsbee, owns the property.  He is among those arrested.

He was charged with operating the illegal activity - a state jail felony. 

Sanchez is out on a $3,000 bond.

51 other participants were charged with class C misdemeanors for being present or participating.

They had to pay a $400 fine to get out of jail.

Sanchez says he knew it was illegal, but he needed the money.

Deputies seized razors and spurs that are placed on the roosters' legs as they fight to the death.

They also confiscated B-12 and steroids, which is injected into the birds.

Only seven of the roosters were found alive.  Sanchez says there were about 100 at the cockfight.

He also says more than 100 people participated, but half of them fled authorities.

Sanchez says he makes about $3,000 hosting a cockfight.  But he says after spending two nights in jail, he's learned his lesson.

He says he's through with cockfighting, because he says his two children are more important than the money he makes on the illegal activity.

Sheriff Cain told 12News this the largest amount of people ever arrested at one time in Hardin County.

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