A Ratliff City couple has been charged with operating a cockfighting business on their rural property.
Christopher and Patricia Morris made their initial appearances in Carter County District Court Tuesday.
The pair both face felony charges of instigating cockfighting  and keeping a place for cockfighting.
Special District Judge Carson Brooks set a $1,000 personal recognizance bond for Patricia Morris and a case conference for June 1.
But her husband, who also faces knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, and both felonious possession of a firearm and felonious possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, remains jailed in the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of bond. Bond for Christopher Morris was set at $15,000.
Morris was arrested early Friday morning when Carter County deputies served a search warrant at the couple’s home.
The search warrant had been issued in connection with property stolen in a number of recent thefts from utility companies, businesses and oil field sites.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said thousands of dollars worth of stolen property was recovered as the result of the search warrant.
However, the stolen goods weren’t the only illegal items found. Bryant said more than 100 roosters, a cockfighting pit, equipment used in the illegal sport, as well as “win/loss sheets, betting wager logs and a set of weighted scales” were also uncovered.
In addition, authorities found 19 illegal firearms ranging from pistols to shotguns and rifles.  
And the pending charges against Morris continued to ratchet upward when he was discovered in possession of methamphetamine during book-in procedures at the CCDC.
Like his wife, Morris has a case conference covering all six of the felony charges he faces on June 1.