Ricky Van "Rambo" Le to Plead Guilty in Federal Multi-State Dog Fighting and Gambling Case in Alabama

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

Another one of the 14 people indicted in the multi-state conspiracy, dog fighting and gambling case being prosecuted in Montgomery, Ala, plans to plead guilty, his attorney said on Tuesday.

Ricky Van "Rambo" Le, 26, of Biloxi, Mississippi, filed notice of his intent on April 23. His plea hearing is set for Monday in Montgomery, according to the Sun Herald.

The case involves the seizure of more than $500,000 and 367 pit bulls in simultaneous raids in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi in August. The FBI states that most of those arrested are from Alabama.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi said it assisted in the seizure of 49 dogs from two local areas.

An FBI agent who testified at Le's initial hearing in Gulfport said no dogs were found at his home. The agent said authorities seized 41 dogs from property owned by his uncles on Old Fort Bayou Road in Vancleave and a few more dogs from the homes of Le's parents and girlfriend on Rue Mornay in St. Martin, the Sun Herald reports.

"Only a few of the dogs were Ricky Le's," attorney Michael Crosby said Wednesday.

The indictment alleges the dog fighting and gambling conspiracy had been going on since 2009.


According to court records, Le is accused of sponsoring a dog in a fight Oct. 1, 2011, in Lee County, Ala., and gambling at a dog fight there Feb. 18, 2012.

Agents conducting surveillance on people leaving the February fight said Le and another man each had $6,000 when they were pulled over in a traffic stop, a document said.

Le also is accused of taking dogs to Holly Springs for a fight Sept. 15, 2012.

"He is the youngest of the defendants and had just been introduced to dog fighting," Crosby said. Le is free on bond.


Ricky Van "Rambo" Le, Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; and Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala., are the latest to file papers in federal court in Montgomery.

Four others previously sent paperwork saying that they want to change their pleas to guilty. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; DeMontt Allen of Houston, Texas; and Irkis Forrest of Theodore, Ala.

Another defendant, Carlton Tippens of Riverdale, Ga., is seeking to enter a pre-trial diversion program.

Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled for trial May 8 in Alabama. The 14 were accused of providing dogs or participating in high-stakes fights.

Sources: Sun Herald, Montgomery Advertiser