THIRTY-SIX COUNT INDICTMENT FILED ON MAN FOR DOGFIGHTING, ANIMAL CRUELTY, AND DRUG TRAFFICKING OVER A THREE WEEK TIME SPAN
Posted on 5/3/2019
Defendant: German A. Sanchez
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “Dogfighting is a criminal activity which generally ends in the death or serious injury of one of the dogs, all for the profit of the dog owner. This cruel and inhumane activity will not be tolerated.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a thirty-six count indictment against German A. Sanchez, age 34, for various dog fighting, cruelty to animals, and drug related counts that occurred between March 12th through April 4th 2019, including Possession and Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession and Trafficking in Fentanyl-Related Compound, Possession and Trafficking in Heroin, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Having Weapons While Under Disability, Dogfighting, and Cruelty to Companion Animals (fifteen of the counts in the indictment have Firearm Specifications). “On April 4th, 2019 a search warrant was executed at a house in which there was probable cause to believe drug trafficking and dogfighting activities were occurring. Authorities seized large amounts of various drugs, a firearm, 21 dogs, and dogfighting paraphernalia,” O’Brien stated. O’Brien commended the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Capital Area Humane Society, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture for their investigation and work on this case. Arraignment for Sanchez is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2A at 345 S. High Street in downtown Columbus.