40 People Arrested Over Illegal Gambling, Cockfighting in Bogor

A Balinese man carries one of his roosters at a traditional cockfight at the Hayang Api Temple courtyard in Gianyar, Bali. (JG Photo/J.P. Christo)

A Balinese man carries one of his roosters at a traditional cockfight at the Hayang Api Temple courtyard in Gianyar, Bali. (JG Photo/J.P. Christo)

District police in Bogor hauled in 40 people after raiding an illegal cockfighting and gambling den, an officer said on Friday.

The raid took place late on Thursday afternoon, with the police storming a sprawling compound in Bojongjengkol village, located in the Ciampea subdistrict.

“We took 35 men and five women into custody after the raid,” Adj. Sr. Comr. Asep Safrudinl, the head of the Bogor district police, said. “We confiscated 48 motorcycles, 21 cars, 14 fighting cocks, [several] cell phones and Rp 5 million [$410] in cash.”

Asep said that local residents tipped off the police about suspicious closed-door events occurring in the area.

The compound, located on a back road, was surrounded by a three meter-high wall. Two cockfighting rings were housed under a roofed area roughly the size of a tennis court, and a large, luxurious house lay between the gate of the enclosure and the rings.

Imam, 32, who lives near the compound, said that the area was busy on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and that many people in cars would come through to the area.

“As far as I know, only cockfights were held there,” he said. “We didn’t know that there was gambling taking place because the compound is kept closed.”

Asep said that the police observed the compound for a week before raiding it.

Didik Purwanto, who heads the Bogor district police detectives office, said that he believed the gambling ring was organized online.

“The invitees are invited online through the Agus Bogor Farm blog,” Didik said. “At the arena, a number of credit card readers were found, which witnesses said were used to transfer bets.”

The blog details the operations of the farm, ranging from the sales of different breeds of fighter cocks to the owner’s, identified by police as K.A., cockfighting experiences in Bangkok. Police said K.A. was running the gambling ring since November.

Didik said that the bets ranged from Rp 200,000 to Rp 5 million, and that the cockfights were held four times a week.

To attract potential betters, the blog assured that the security of the area was under control because “[the arena] is far from other residents and the coordination of security authorities.”

Those who were arrested, Didik said, are still being questioned at the district police headquarters. They may be charged with gambling, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

All forms of gambling, including cockfighting, are illegal in Indonesia, although historically enforcement has been weak. Religious cockfighting on the island of Bali is still permitted. The Jakarta Globe

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