Two men are facing felony drug charges after authorities said they discovered a "sophisticated" dogfighting and drug ring inside a west Charlotte home.
Police raided the home on Grier Avenue last Thursday after they said an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway during a probation check at a neighbor's house.
According to a search warrant, officers said when Daren Goines answered the door, they detected an "overwhelming odor" of marijuana inside the house.
During the search, police said they seized guns and ammunition, a bulletproof vest, 10 pounds of marijuana and more than $68,000 in cash.
Inside and outside the home, animal control officers said they found 14 dogs -- eight adult pit bulls and six pit bull puppies, male and female.
"Two (puppies) actually passed away before we got them back to the shelter...we found a carcass as well, buried in the back yard," said Capt. Chris Dozier with CMPD Animal Control.
Police called the dogfighting operation well-organized, telling Channel 9 they found several kinds of drugs and medications used to treat the pit bulls for wounds and fighting, and said they found ledgers tracking pedigrees and other details.
The 12 remaining pit bulls are now being treated at Animal Control.
Authorities arrested Goines and a second suspect, Cyril Baldeagle. Both men are charged with drug trafficking; Goines also faces felony dogfighting charges.
At Goines' home on Tuesday, a woman who identified herself as his mother denied any connection to dogfighting.
"I don't have anything to say because I don't know what happened," she told Eyewitness News.