SEVIER COUNTY, Ark. (KARK) – The raid of a suspected cockfighting ring has led to about 130 arrests in Southwest Arkansas.
It happened in Sevier County on Saturday along Whistle Stop Road.
Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry said the raid ended at 18-month-long investigation.
“When we developed information there was a fight at this particular property every four weeks there was a fight somewhere every week end but it only came here every four weeks,” he says. “
“We were able to capture most. We had a few that got away.”
Investigators are working to determine whether to charge those arrested with contributing to cockfighting or being a spectator.
KSLA-TV in Shreveport reports that nearly 200 live birds were found on the property, some with visible injuries, reportedly from fighting. There were also some dead birds lying in a pit.
One would-be spectator was greeted by law enforcement as he arrived.
“Why are you here? You just came to watch?,” he’s asked. “Yes – Just watch,” he responds. “Do you come often?” “Surprised that this is happening?,” he’s asked. “Yeah,” he says.
More than 50 city, county, state and federal officers took part in the raid.
Sheriff Gentry says the raid could lead to other arrests in the future.
“I expect we will continue to investigate it through the interviews we are going to do. There is a possibility we may visit some more properties.”
The raid involved the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Border Patrol, I.C.E. and Arkansas Game & Fish Commission wildlife officers.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Approximately 130 people were arrested during a cockfight raid, police say.
Arkansas Game and Fish Officers from the A4 District assisted the Sevier County Sheriffs Office, Arkansas State Police, U.S. Forest Service, Border Patrol and I.C.E. with a search warrant on a cock fighting ring in Sevier County, according to a post from Arkansas Wildlife Officers Association’s Facebook page.
Police say around 130 Individuals were arrested during the raid.
This case is still under investigation by federal agencies.