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Drug Dealer Wins Lottery, Can't Keep It
    #4549595 - 08/18/05 01:26 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Drug Dealer Wins Lottery, Can't Keep It
August 17, 2005 - wilmingtonstar.com

The Associated Press - A convicted drug dealer rolled snake eyes Wednesday when an appeals court ruled he can't keep his lottery winnings because he bought the lucky ticket with drug proceeds.

Jose Luis Betancourt was convicted in May 2003 of conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The jury had ruled then that Betancourt, a Mexican citizen, should forfeit half his interest in the lottery jackpot - about $5.5 million - because the ticket was purchased with his ill-gotten gains.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal law allows the government to seize all property and proceeds obtained from drug trafficking.

"Mr. Betancourt's luck ran out, and appropriately so," said U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.

The appeals court also upheld Betancourt's drug trafficking conviction and his sentence of more than 24 years in prison.

The U.S. attorney's office did not immediately return a call late Wednesday about whether the funds had been forfeited during the appeals process.

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Re: Drug Dealer Wins Lottery, Can't Keep It [Re: veggie]
    #4556378 - 08/19/05 08:22 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

how the hell do they know where the few bucks he scrounged up came from?

I'd like to see them prove that the dollar bills he used were from the hands of someone that he sold coke to.

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Re: Drug Dealer Wins Lottery, Can't Keep It [Re: leery11]
    #4557858 - 08/20/05 05:48 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Doesn't matter, government gets its cut, screw the so called "criminal"

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