Over a hundred people taken into custody at SWAR cockfighting ring

Published: Mar. 17, 2018 at 9:04 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:52 AM CDT
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(Source:Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
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SEVIER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - More than 100 people, including spectators, were taken into custody and could face charges after an illegal cockfighting ring in Sevier County, just north of DeQueen was raided Saturday.

Dead birds lying in a pit and close to 200 live birds, some with visible injuries reportedly from fighting, were found at the scene on Whistle Stop Road.

Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry says the raid culminated an 18-month investigation.

"We developed information there was a fight at this particular property every four weeks there was fight somewhere every weekend, but it only came here every four weeks," said Sheriff Gentry.

The investigation is open and authorities hope this will lead to further arrests.

"I expect we will continue to investigate it through the interviews we are going to do," said Sheriff Gentry. "There is a possibility we may visit more property."

Now, investigators are trying to determine whether to charge those arrested with contributing to cockfighting or being a spectator.

One would be spectator was greeted by law enforcement as he arrived to view fighting.

There were 56 city, county, state, and federal officers who participated in the operation.

Sheriff Gentry said their next step is to try and find a good home for the confiscated fowls.

Sevier County Sheriff's Office, DeQueen Police Department, Arkansas State Police are among many other departments working in the investigation. Over 52 officers assisted in the raid.

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