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Cockfighting tournament interupted by law enforcement in Santa Maria

Deputies busted a cockfighting tournament in Santa Barbara County on Sunday.

Officers said they confronted people at a cockfight in progress at a farm off Telephone Road in Santa Maria.

Investigators said a crowd of about 40 to 50 people were around a pen when officers arrived.

They found 6 dead roosters, 2 injured roosters and 15-20 healthy roosters still able to fight.

They also confiscated blades, suture kits and betting slips.

Deputies said bets went as high as $12,000.

The investigation has just begun.

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