Cock fight gambling den busted near HCMC police station

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Ho Chi Minh City police Friday busted the biggest cockfight gambling racket in the city that attracts hundreds of people from the southern region.

 

Ironically, the racket operated just a few dozens of meters away from the local police station.

 

The city police arrested 99 people involved in organizing and watching cockfights at the city's largest cemetery, Binh Hung Hoa, news website VietNamNet reported.

 

Some of the arrested gamblers said there were sometimes around 500 gamblers from nearby provinces such as Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Dong Nai and Binh Duong, betting at least VND100 million (US$4,800) on each fight.

 

The Friday raid netted nearly VND420 million and $1,400 in cash.

 

Some people had been placed as lookouts on different streets leading to the cemetery, police said.

 

According to the gamblers, the gambling den was organized by a local named Chuong Hoang Chien, 31, who has escaped.

 

Chien was assisted by Tran Tan Phuoc, Tran Van Han and Tran Van Tu.

 

There're around 10 to 15 cock fights every day at the den from the afternoon and Chien earned five percent of the betting money.

 

The racket has been operating for more than two years at a location just 200 meters from the police station and People's Committee office of Binh Hung Hoa A Ward.

 

HCMC Police has asked the ward authorities to explain why they had let the crime happen right under their noses.

 

The case is being investigated further and police are on the search for Chien.

 

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