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Former Coos County Deputy Arrested

IRRIGON, Ore. — A former Coos County Sheriff’s deputy and his wife, were arrested with 16 others for running a suspected cockfighting ring in rural Eastern Oregon.

John Walker and his wife, Irina, a Romanian princess, and several of their neighbors, were arrested by federal agents Thursday and accused of hosting cockfighting derbies and illegal gambling at their ranch in Morrow County.

John Walker was a sheriff’s deputy in Coos County until 2003, and his wife Irina, is the daughter of the last king of Romania.

Both are being lodged in the Multnomah County Jail in Portland. They are scheduled to face a federal magistrate Friday.

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