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More than 100 people detained in Arkansas cockfighting raid

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published March 19, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. Updated March 19, 2018 at 1:24 p.m.

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De QUEEN — Authorities say more than 100 people were taken into custody when dozens of law enforcement officers raided a suspected cockfighting operation in southwest Arkansas.

The bust happened in Sevier County north of De Queen, about 125 miles southwest of Little Rock. Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry says authorities were tipped off that a cockfight would be held at that location, and officers from multiple law enforcement agencies participated in the raid.

Shreveport, Louisiana, television station KSLA reports that those taken into custody included spectators. Authorities say more than 200 live birds were seized in the raid.

Gentry says the investigation into the cockfighting ring was an 18-month operation.

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GeneralMac says... March 19, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.

A few facts about DeQueen AR...

population........6749

Hispanic...........59%
Foreign born......33%

If their are cockfights in Arkansas, that place would be likely.

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LRDawg says... March 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.

What about Sevier county GenMac? This happened there...."north of DeQueen"

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GeneralMac says... March 19, 2018 at 3:01 p.m.

LRDawg.........DeQueen is in Sevier County and is the county seat of Sevier County.

The population of DeQueen ....alone....makes up over 1/3 of the entire county's population.

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GeneralMac says... March 19, 2018 at 3:12 p.m.

LRDawg...........I'll bet there were a lot more men were arrested with name like Pedro, Jose, and Pancho than with names of William, David, or Phillip.

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TimberTopper says... March 19, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.

Imposter mac, I see you are keeping up with the races of people. Rooster fighting has been going on there and around for years. It was legal to fight them in OK just a few years back, so many down in and around there think it is a sport. It's certainly better than going to kill animals in Africa or else where as we have plenty of Roosters. I don't know if it is still legal in OK today or not. However, there's lots of real Americans there if you are keeping track of the races. You know the ones that were the originals to this country.

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LRDawg says... March 19, 2018 at 9:08 p.m.

GenMac, census report says Sevier county is 73% white. True about DeQueen....its 72% other races. This didn't hapoen in DeQueen though. It happened "north of DeQueen". Try reading the stories before making your posts

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MaxCady says... April 16, 2018 at 3:42 p.m.

I went to a cockfight once in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That's some crazy sh*t!

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