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Police arrest 13 in cockfight gambling ring in south-central Vietnam

Monday, December 30, 2019, 16:47 GMT+7
Police arrest 13 in cockfight gambling ring in south-central Vietnam
Over 120 people are caught gambling at a cockpit in the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen on December 29, 2019. Photo: Hien Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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

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.

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