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Case ID: 11912
Classification: Fighting
Animal: chicken
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Monday, Oct 31, 2005

County: Tippecanoe

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged:
» Martin Gaeta
» Alvaro Garcia

A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of a Lafayette man charged in connection with a drug dealing and cockfighting operation after the suspect failed to show up for scheduled plea hearing on August 2nd, 2007.

Martin Gaeta, 39, failed to show up for an 8 a.m. hearing in Tippecanoe Superior Court 1, where he was scheduled to enter a plea agreement.

Judge Pro Tem Joseph Bumbleburg ordered that a warrant be prepared for Gaeta's arrest, but he ordered the warrant held for two weeks to give Gaeta's attorney, Carl Sandy, time to track him down.

Sandy said he doesn't think Gaeta has absconded, but he has moved. He said Gaeta was scheduled to plead guilty to Class C felony forgery and be sentenced to a term on community corrections - some combination of work release, house arrest and day reporting.

According to reports, felony charges of dealing cocaine and conspiracy to deal cocaine and a felony charge of promoting animal fighting would be dismissed under the proposed agreement.

An alleged associate of Gaeta, Alvaro Garcia, 34, of Lafayette, was sentenced last month to 15 years for his role in the operation.

Gaeta and Garcia were among several people arrested in November 2005 when the Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force raided a property on County Road 1200 South, known as "The Ranch," where they found illegal drugs, weapons and a cockfighting operation in a barn on a 10-acre site.

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