Tuesday, February 03, 2009

73 arrested in cockfighting ring in North Carolina

Officials in a rural community in central North Carolina cracked down on a large cockfighting operation last weekend. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office arrested 73 people at a tournament Saturday near Coleridge, a raid so big that The Associated Press wrote about it.

Kathi Keys of The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro writes that officials are hoping the arrest will send a message to others who think that small towns will let such activities slide. “When they picked rural Randolph County to conduct this criminal activity, they thought it wouldn’t matter in a rural area,” said Sheriff Maynard Reid. “They can’t do that in Randolph County.” (Read more)

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