Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 12, 2012

Authorities seek to seize farm at cockfighting raid

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Cockfighting has a long history in rural areas, but a south Georgia man stands to lose his 356-acre farm if convicted of hosting the illegal activity.

The Colquitt County District Attorney’s office this week filed notice it intends to take the large tract of land, an ATV, weapons and $10,000 in cash taken during a raid on the property.

Law enforcement often uses “asset forfeiture” to deprive those involved in illegal drugs or gambling of ill-gotten gains.

Wallace Hurst, 57, owner of the propery, was one of 32 people arrested at that time and charged with gambling. He also is charged with violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a felony, and cruelty to animals.

His attorney denied comment and said he was researching the government’s charges.

Any property seized would go to the agency that made the legal case. In a drug case, for instance, a car used in the crime can be seized and sold or put into use by the agency.

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Details for this story were provided by the Moultrie (Ga.) Observer.

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