Ramiro “Big Q” Quintero, 71, former Brazos County, Texas, justice of the peace was in attendance at a cockfight on Sunday morning when Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the landowner about trespassers on his property.
The landowner said he had received a tip from a neighbor who called about the unusual activity on his property. Offficers arrived around 11:40 a.m. at the property in the 12000 block of County Road 338, Sheriff’s Patrol Corporal Shawn Edwards said.
"Big Q" was among 35 to 40 people cited for a Class C misdemeanor for being spectators at a cockfight, About 20 officers from the Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Brazos County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety responded, and people fled the scene upon seeing the marked patrol cars, according to the report.
In a pasture about 400 yards from the road, investigators found weapons, methamphetamines and a couple of hundred live roosters in and out of boxes.
Witnesses interviewed said three to four fights had taken place that morning, but investigators reported they found no dead or injured roosters. The remaining chickens were returned to their owners, some of whom were still at the scene, Edwards said.
BIG “Q” NO STRANGER TO CONTROVERSY
Quintero served as justice of the peace for Bravos County’s Precinct 4 from 1998 to 2009, when he resigned following his arrest for giving legal advice to a woman trying to file suit in his court and then accepting her payment.
He was convicted of unauthorized practice of the law and accepting gifts as a public servant, both Class A misdemeanors.
Quintero received two years probation on the first charge and was sentenced to 180 days in the Brazos County Jail and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine on the second conviction
He was also indicted in 1999 and suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for hindering the apprehension of a fugitive, according to the Eagle. The charge was later dismissed
The Burleson County investigation into the suspected cockfighting is continuing as authorities determine the identity the person(s) in charge.
Source: The Eagle