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Police Arrest 169 People In Cockfighting Raid

Police Arrest 169 People In Cockfighting Raid

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Fort Worth Star Telegram via YellowBrix

January 03, 2010

PARKER COUNTY, TX – Sheriff’s deputies arrested 169 people and seized 114 roosters after raiding a cockfight Saturday in Parker County, authorities said.

The raid occurred about 3:30 p.m. in north Parker County near Poolville, Sheriff Larry Fowler said. The site had been under surveillance for two weeks, he said.

Many other people scattered as soon as a police helicopter appeared overhead, said John Goodwin of the Humane Society of the United States.

Child Protective Services workers took custody of 10 to 15 children ages 7 to 15, Fowler said.

Cockfight organizers had set up an arena inside a barn, Fowler said. Drugs and cash were seized, he said, and dead and injured roosters were also found.

“The people who were arrested will go before a judge and be charged with a gambling offense,” Fowler said. “We will look into charging some who were arrested with federal charges. A charge of engaging in organized crime is a possibility for some.”

Goodwin said cockfighting is a lucrative business.

“There’s a little industry that has evolved around this,” he said. "It’s surprising how organized these people can be.

“If 50 people enter the cockfighting ring and each pay a $200 entry fee, that’s $10,000 in the pot. Hopefully, people will look at this arrest and see the consequences outweigh any of the potential gain.”

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