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Posted: 8/19/2005 11:53:11 PM EDT
Those damn illegals sure do seem to be involved in the drug trade a whole lot
for a bunch of "law abiding citizens" that just "come here for a better life"

Drug dealer must forfeit lottery winnings
Aug 18, 2005
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050818/od_nm/crime_lottery_dc
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Mexican citizen must forfeit about $2.75 million in Texas lottery winnings because of his drug-trafficking conviction, a federal appeals court said on Wednesday.

Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, was arrested after making a cocaine delivery shortly after accepting $5.5 million for having the winning ticket in the December 11, 2002, lottery drawing, according to court documents.

A jury convicted Betancourt, who was living in the border city of Brownsville, Texas, of conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in May 2003 and also found he must forfeit his one-half interest in the lottery ticket.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court judge's ruling that Betancourt bought his share of the ticket with drug proceeds because that was his only apparent source of income.

The court also upheld his punishment of more than 24 years in prison without parole.

"Mr. Betancourt's luck ran out, and appropriately so," said U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 12:16:41 AM EDT
the "law abiding citizens" is a quote from United States attorney general a gonzales
the "come here for a better life" quote is from g bush
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 5:43:03 AM EDT
Too funny.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 6:02:05 AM EDT
Justice.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 6:03:57 AM EDT
DOH...!
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 6:04:34 AM EDT
why does he only have to surrender HALF!?!?
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 6:23:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/20/2005 9:25:51 AM EDT by napalm]

Originally Posted By idonthaveaname:
why does he only have to surrender HALF!?!?




He only won half of the lottery; the other portion was won by another person.


He doesn't have to forfeit half of his winnings, he has to forfeit all of his winnings, which was his one half interest in that lottery drawing.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 8:05:30 AM EDT

Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, was arrested after making a cocaine delivery shortly after accepting $5.5 million for having the winning ticket in the December 11, 2002, lottery drawing, according to court documents.


They can prove he delivered cocaine AFTER he won. How can they say the money used to buy the ticket was coke money?

Innocent until proven guilty. Any time before the drug conviction should be innocent time.

I think this was wrong.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:30:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tannim:

Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, was arrested after making a cocaine delivery shortly after accepting $5.5 million for having the winning ticket in the December 11, 2002, lottery drawing, according to court documents.


They can prove he delivered cocaine AFTER he won. How can they say the money used to buy the ticket was coke money?

Innocent until proven guilty. Any time before the drug conviction should be innocent time.

I think this was wrong.



There's always one.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:33:20 AM EDT
Better question, why the hell should they be allowed to play the lotto?
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:45:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:46:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MadMardigan:
Better question, why the hell should they be allowed to play the lotto?




Play yes, when they go to collect call INS
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:47:21 AM EDT
good! f*&^ him!
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:52:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MadMardigan:
Better question, why the hell should they be allowed to play the lotto?



Usually people complain about how illegals *don't* pay taxes!
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 9:57:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jetlag:

Originally Posted By MadMardigan:
Better question, why the hell should they be allowed to play the lotto?



Usually people complain about how illegals *don't* pay taxes!



Ok he spends a few dollars on a lotto ticket, then wins over 2 million. Doesnt pay SS, or any other tax except sales. So tell me again.
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 12:01:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:

Originally Posted By Tannim:

Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, was arrested after making a cocaine delivery shortly after accepting $5.5 million for having the winning ticket in the December 11, 2002, lottery drawing, according to court documents.


They can prove he delivered cocaine AFTER he won. How can they say the money used to buy the ticket was coke money?

Innocent until proven guilty. Any time before the drug conviction should be innocent time.

I think this was wrong.



There's always one.



They said it was coke money because drug dealing "was his only apparent source of income"
he was an illegal alien drug dealer that didn't even pretend to be working "for a better life"
Link Posted: 8/20/2005 12:21:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tannim:

Jose Luis Betancourt, 52, was arrested after making a cocaine delivery shortly after accepting $5.5 million for having the winning ticket in the December 11, 2002, lottery drawing, according to court documents.


They can prove he delivered cocaine AFTER he won. How can they say the money used to buy the ticket was coke money?

Innocent until proven guilty. Any time before the drug conviction should be innocent time.

I think this was wrong.



Hmm... let's see.... ooops... no, fresh out of give a fuck on this one too.
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