Newport, Tenn. (AP) -- There have been more cockfighting arrests in Cocke County. This time, sheriff's deputies took part.
The FBI, state troopers and county deputies arrested Kenneth Frazier, his brother Allen Eugene Frazier, George Ray Hicks and Ernest Arrowood Junior Thursday. The men are all in their 60s.
US Attorney Neil Smith says the suspects are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and sponsoring or exhibiting gamecocks in an animal-fighting venture. The former charge is a federal felony.
The operation allegedly was similar to the Del Rio Cockfighting Pit that was raided by a small army of state and federal agents in 2005 as part of the continuing federal Rose Thorn investigation into corruption in Cocke County.
Seven Cocke County lawmen have been convicted or pleaded guilty to related crimes, and longtime Sheriff DC Ramsey, who hasn't been charged, resigned in 2006.
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