CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged two men for drug trafficking and dog fighting on Tuesday.
Daran Dejuan Goines, 30, has been charged with dog fighting and baiting, trafficking marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cyril Joseph Baldeagle, 30, has also been charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon
CMPD launched a drug investigation at a west Charlotte home last Thursday and in the process they stumbled upon a dog fighting ring.
Officers searched 1822 Grier Avenue in the Metro Division. According to court documents they found 10 pounds of marijuana, more than $68,000 in cash and 14 pit bulls.
"This is a quiet neighborhood; we normally don't have too much activity going on," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.
Animal Control Officers say eight of the dogs were adults, the rest puppies. In addition to the dogs, officers say they found drugs and antibiotics used to treat dog-fighting injuries.
"I would be surprised because I've never seen any kind of activity like that going on over there. In fact I didn't know they had that many dogs over there," said the neighbor.
Officers don't believe that fights took place at that location. Animal Control is caring for the dogs, some of which are in very bad shape.
It will be several weeks before officers know if the dogs are fit enough to be adopted out or sent to a PitBull rescue group.