WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Waterbury police have arrested 23 people after raiding an illegal cockfighting operation in a South Main Street garage.

Police got a tip Saturday night and swept into a four-bay garage that had been converted into a makeshift cockfighting arena. Police say the setup included a fighting ring, areas for food and liquor and rooster holding and prepping areas.

Police say they seized 51 live roosters and $16,000 in gambling money from participants. Police say Pedro Santiago collected the $10 entry fee to the illegal event. Police say that Juan Garcia of New Britain, directed the fight, ran a timer and collected the cash from the bettors.


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