A Woodstock-area man is facing multiple criminal charges after police said they found dozens of marijuana plants, 22 "fighting equipped" roosters, two dead hawks, weapons and nearly $90,000 in cash in his home over the weekend.
Among the charges now facing Anthony Jayne, 54, of the 11800 block of Lucas Road near Woodstock, are unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, unlawful manufacturing of cannabis sativa plants, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon as well as a misdemeanor charge of animals in entertainment, authorities said.
Officials said it appears the roosters and the two dead hawks were used for rooster fighting.
Jayne, who authorities said was on probation for a previous drug-related conviction at the time of his arrest, put up $3,000 on a $30,000 bond this morning and was released from jail, a jail official said. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. May 31 in McHenry County courthouse.
Authorities in McHenry County started looking into Jayne following an anonymous tip regarding possible drug- and gun-related activity, which led to the approval of a search warrant for his residence, officials said.
Police said the search, executed Saturday by a SWAT Team and a K-9 unit, turned up 1,151 grams of marijuana, a shotgun, a small-caliber rifle, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, scales and other packaging related items, 43 suspected cannabis sativa plants, the roosters and hawks and $88,969 in cash.
McHenry County Animal Control is currently holding the roosters in its Crystal Lake facility. Officials are seeking a court date to ask a judge whether to return the roosters or destroy them because of their injuries, said Joe Gugle, administrative manager for the McHenry County Department of Health.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police was contacted and took possession of the hawk carcasses.
Gugle said the roosters appeared to have been used in fights. Investigators also found medical kits with syringes and other items that could have been used to treat the roosters before and after a fight.
The value of the seized cannabis was estimated to be $5,000.
Jayne could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
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