Thursday, February 23, 2012
Colored man busted on drug warrant after winning big at casino, says bonanza was to pay for bail
ALTOONA, Pa - A man accused of dealing drugs had his luck run out when he won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia.
Altoona police say 34-year-old Mateen Johnson was arrested Saturday because he had to produce identification to cash out his winnings at Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino in Bucks County. Casino officials learned Johnson was wanted for drug offenses in Altoona after doing a standard name check and called authorities.
The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/AfbcNp ) reports Tuesday that Johnson told police he expected to be arrested soon and was trying to win enough at blackjack to make bail.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Johnson, who was wanted on separate drug delivery charges filed last year.
Johnson remained in the Blair County Prison on Monday.
Sounds like Illinois casinos should start doing name checks on the winners too