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Raid on Cockfighting Ring Nets 175 Arrests

September 18, 1988

MIAMI (AP) _ Police raided a social club north of Miami and arrested 175 people for taking part in cockfight gambling, a Metro-Dade police spokeswoman said. Seventy-five of the fighting birds were seized.

The Los Amigos Social Club had a large arena, time clocks, electronic gates and scales, said police spokeswoman Lucy Fitts.

Officers who raided the club Saturday evening arrested 150 people on misdemeanor charges of gambling or partaking in the baiting or fighting of game cocks. Felony charges of managing, promoting or directing a cockfight were lodged against 25 others, Fitts said.

Police also seized cash during their raid, but Fitts was unable to say how much.

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