Police in the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen have arrested 13 suspects for allegedly organizing gambling after catching more than 120 gamblers in a surprise raid on a local cockpit.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Monday afternoon that the provincial Department of Police had apprehend the suspects on suspicion of organizing gambling via cockfights at a cockpit on Hai Duong Street in Tuy Hoa, the capital city of Phu Yen.
On Sunday morning, officers conducted a raid on the venue and discovered a total of 125 gamblers.
The law enforcement officers also confiscated three automobiles, 123 motorbikes, and VND682 million (US$29,576) in cash.
|Police officers collect statements from suspects following a raid on a cockpit in Phu Yen Province on December 29, 2019. Photo: Hien Quyen / Tuoi Tre|
Local authorities said they had monitored the activities of the illicit ring for a while before carrying out the raid.
Gambling activities often take place during the holiday, with gamblers betting on the winner in cockfights, officers said.
The case is being investigated in a prompt manner to seek suitable punishment for violators, according to an official of the Phu Yen police department.