POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 1, 2011
Police raided a cockfight in Kau on Hawaii island attended by about 150 people Sunday and arrested and charged five men.
Police served a search warrant shortly after noon Sunday at a macadamia nut orchard in Pahala where the cockfight was being held.
Officers found 20 dead roosters and recovered injured roosters, rooster boxes, gaffs, cockfighting paraphernalia and gambling records related to cockfighting.
Police seized $7,737 in cash.
The men arrested and charged were:
» Patrick Takahashi, 31, of Waipahu, with cruelty to animals, gambling and possession of gambling records.
» Keldon Sakata, 31, of Pahala, with three counts of cruelty to animals.
» Donovan Mattos, 37, of Naalehu, with two counts of cruelty to animals.
» Modesto Gonzales, 69, of Ocean View, with two counts of cruelty to animals.
» Edward Polido, 51, of Pahala, with gambling and possession of gambling records.
"This time of year is considered cockfighting season, but cockfighting is illegal," said Lt. Sherry Bird from the Area II Vice Section.
People with information concerning cockfighting may call police at 935-3311 or the vice hot lines at 329-0423 in Kona or 934-8423 in Hilo. Anonymous tips may be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 or 329-8181.