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Ten police officers suspended after cockfight gambling ring busted in Saigon

Ten police officers suspended after cockfight gambling ring busted in Saigon

Saturday, October 03, 2020, 14:49 GMT+7
Ten police officers suspended after cockfight gambling ring busted in Saigon
Police officers arrest people illegally gambling at a venue on Vo Van Kiet Street in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, September 25, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Ten police officers have been suspended pending a probe into their responsibility in a large-scale cockfight gambling ring, which was busted on Vo Van Kiet Street in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City last week, a source confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday.

The ten include four officers from the city's criminal police department and six from District 6’s police bureau.

An investigation is underway to clarify their specific responsibility.

The cockfight gambling ring was raided by police on September 25.

Officers arrested a large number of people and confiscated about VND2 billion (US$86,300) worth of cash and other related objects during the raid.

The municipal police handed over certain arrestees, who merely violated administrative regulations, to officers in District 6 on September 30, while 39 others are still detained at the former's headquarters for investigation.

Police officers raid a cockfight gambling ring on Vo Van Kiet Street in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City on September 25, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Police officers raid a cockfight gambling ring on Vo Van Kiet Street in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, September 25, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Initial results from the investigation showed that the gambling ring was run by a group of people, with Nguyen Minh Thanh, nicknamed Thanh ‘Co’ or ‘Ong Co,’ playing a key role.

The venue of the gambling ring was surrounded by buildings and constructions, fenced off with iron sheets, covered with plastic tarps, and guarded by a number of people.

It was difficult to access the venue from the outside.

It was reported that up to hundreds of people came to gamble at the venue every day.

They avoided attention by parking their vehicles at a nearby parking lot before being transported to the gambling venue on motorbikes ridden by members of Thanh’s group.

The investigation is still taking place.

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