Drug Dealer Wins Texas Lottery

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Drug Dealer Wins Texas Lottery

Postby Nyufrost » Tue Jun 10, 2003 9:44 am

This is pretty funny ... :lol
Drug Dealer Ordered to Return Lottery Payoff
Mon Jun 9, 9:35 AM ET

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas man who won $5.5 million in the state lottery has been ordered to give it up because he bought the winning ticket with money made selling cocaine, federal officials said Friday.

Lawyers for Jose Luis Betancourt argued that the ticket was purchased with cash from selling old clothes, but a jury in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, disagreed and ruled on Wednesday he had to forfeit the cash, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Herrera.

Betancourt, 52, was arrested on Jan. 17, just three days after collecting the $5.5 million, for selling 36 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent.

Prosecutors said he had been selling cocaine for at least two years before winning the lottery.

He was found guilty of drug dealing last week and is behind bars awaiting sentencing that could put him in prison for life.

Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kristina Tirloni said the forfeited money would go to the federal government, not the state.
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Postby Dracofrost » Tue Jun 10, 2003 11:50 pm

But wait; wouldn't it be more appropriate if the forfeited money went to drug enforcement police units, to find more drug dealers and catch them before they can win lottery tickets themselves?
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Postby Some Unreg Punk » Wed Jun 11, 2003 5:16 pm

it will be far better to give it to me so I wouldn't be tempted in the future to take drugs.
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Postby Nyufrost » Thu Jun 12, 2003 1:03 am

LOL! :p

Draco, that is a really GOOD point!

It really makes NO sense that the money should go to the Federal govenment and not back to the state, to begin with, but your idea is even more sensible than that. :thumbs:
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