Hoosier among 4 convicted in dogfighting operation

Four men, including one from Fort Wayne, have been convicted in Trenton, New Jersey, for their roles in an illegal multistate dogfighting operation.

A jury deliberated about six hours on Tuesday after a three-week trial before convicting Dajwan Ware of Fort Wayne, Justin Love of Sewell, New Jersey; Robert Elliott of Millville, New Jersey; and Robert Arellano of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The defendants were convicted on multiple counts including unlawfully possessing and trafficking in fighting dogs. Each count carries a prison term of up to five years.

Their sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

The trial closes an investigation dubbed Operation Grand Champion that resulted in five other guilty pleas. Federal prosecutors said the investigation has led to the rescue of more than 120 dogs.

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