Feds Targeting Vick in Dogfighting Investigation

Federal authorities have taken control of the dogfighting investigation at a Virginia property owned by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and the state prosecutor said it is likely that Vick has been targeted for charges. “Michael Vick, is he the target? Who else would be?,” asked Commonwealth attorney Gerald Poindexter, who is no longer in charge of the prosecution unless that state also decides to continue pursuing the investigation. “I never imagined such interest. “Obviously if the feds come in, the jurisdictional basis is some sort of interstate violation. We don’t know what it is — the training of dogs, gambling racketeering, whatever they want to call it.” Poindexter said federal charges could result in more severe punishment than the maximum five years in prison in the state of Virginia.

U.S. Department of Agriculture agent James P. Knorr, who has been involved with the investigation for weeks, contacted Poindexter around 3:15 p.m. Thursday and told him that federal agents and state police were at Vick’s property. He notified Poindexter that officers were going to execute a search of the Surry County premises at 1915 Moonlight Road on the grounds of a “sealed” search warrant issued by federal authorities. U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, of the Eastern District of Virginia, who would have executed the warrant, declined comment through a spokesman. Vick, who has denied any involvement shortly after police searched the property April 26, did not speak to media members at the team’s Flowery Branch headquarters following a morning workout.

His attorney, Lawrence Woodward, has declined comment. From aerial footage shot by Virginia television station WAVY, at least seven vehicles are on the premises. Officers could be seen walking on the grounds behind the house, where several buildings and sheds that are painted black, stand. Poindexter and sheriff Harold Brown refused to execute a warrant last week based on information from a police informant to search for up to 30 dog carcasses buried on the property.

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