2009-04-01 / Front Page

Second man is arrested for dogfighting, cocaine sales in Baltimore neighborhood

Washington Police have made another arrest in a dog-fighting and cocaine ring operating in the Baltimore neighborhood of Washington.

Avery E. Mathis, 42, of Salenist Street, was arrested Monday, March 23, and charged with felony dogfighting, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and cruelty to animals, all in relation to the March 14 arrest of Tavaris Ramsey.

"Mathis is Tavaris Ramsey's right-hand man," Lt. Joe Nelson said. "He's looking at multiple charges when he's indicted because he was a big part of the dog-fighting ring."

As the investigation into the Baltimore dog-fighting ring continues, authorities expect more arrests.

More evidence has turned up this week contained in Ramsey's cell phone, which was the subject of a police search warrant. Items found on the phone include photos of Ramsey holding a fighting dog on a leash over a dead dog, photos of weapons, cash, and drugs, and photos of Ramsey proudly wearing gold jewelry and smiling. At least one of the weapons pictured was stolen, adding to the list of charges he faces.

Nelson said that in addition to information found on Ramsey's phone, the police department is continuing to get calls from citizens now that the arrests have been made, and he expects more dogfightingrelated arrests to come.

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