An apparent Romanian princess and her former cop husband are among the 18 people rounded up in Oregon and Washington on Thursday as authorities cracked down on an alleged cockfighting ring in the two states, according to the state's attorney’s office.
Irina Walker and her husband, former sheriff’s deputy John Wesley Walker, were among those arrested in connection with at least 10 cockfighting derbies between April 2012 and May of this year, the state's attorney’s office said in a release. Irina Walker is the third daughter of the last king of Romania, Michael I, local newspaper The Oregonian reported.
John and Irina Walker, were charged along with Mario Perez, David Sanchez, Jose Luis Virgen Ramirez, and Aurelia Garcia Mendoza, with operating an illegal gambling business, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday. Those six were charged along with a dozen others with conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act by running a cockfighting ring.