Elizabeth City men face life in prison for dogfighting operation - WNCT

Elizabeth City men face life in prison for dogfighting operation

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Maurice Baum Maurice Baum

Two men are scheduled to be sentenced this summer after pleading guilty to federal charges of using money from crack cocaine sales to pay for a dogfighting operation.

37-year-old Maurice Baum and 35-year-old Desmond White, both of Elizabeth City, pleaded guilty to crack cocaine charges. Baum also pleaded to charges involving the possession and distribution of powder cocaine.
Earlier this year, the pair both pleaded guilty to using proceeds from their illegal drug activity to buy dogs and supplies to train dogs to fight. Police seized at least 80 dogs in Pasquotank, Camden and Perquimans counties back in February.
Both men face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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80 dogs have been rescued and police say all of the dogs were forced to fight.

Two men are in jail in connection with this apparent dog fighting ring, 35-year-old Desmond White and 37-year-old Maurice Baum.

Police say they found the dogs trying to arrest the 2 on federal drug charges.

The Humane Society will pay $5,000 dollars for more information about this ring.

An emergency shelter is set up right now to take care of the animals.

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