Authorities who thought they were raiding a meth lab instead found more than 30 fighting cocks and related equipment outside Yakima, at Selah, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said.

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SELAH, Yakima County — Authorities who thought they were raiding a meth lab instead found more than 30 fighting cocks and related equipment, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said.

They also arrested one person and seized more than $4,000 in cash, methamphetamine packaging equipment and a stolen gun, said State Patrol Sgt. O. Wilson, who heads the Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force. The task force is composed of local police and the State Patrol.

Wilson said the suspect will be booked on recommended charges of distribution of methamphetamine.

County animal-control officers were on the scene Friday, and investigators from the state Gambling Commission were expected to be involved as well, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office runs county animal control and occasionally deals with cockfighting, said sheriff’s spokesman John Durand.

“Right now, it’s not as prevalent as it was in the past. We haven’t seen a lot of it here recently,” he said.

Since fighting roosters may carry diseases, seized birds are usually killed, Durand said, adding that cockfighting generally involves other criminal activity.

“When you’re dealing with cockfighting, you’re dealing with the gambling that goes along and is involved with that,” he said. “Drugs are usually involved with these things, then of course you have the animal cruelty involved with that.”