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$3M lottery winner invested money in crystal meth ring

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle 27/07/2016 Jessica Hamilton
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A man who won $3 million (NZD$4M) on a scratch-off lottery game last year in Waycross, Georgia, invested all of his winnings in a crystal meth trafficking ring, federal prosecutors say.

Ronnie Music, Jr, 45, plead guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges during a plea hearing last week. Evidence presented in the case suggested Music worked with a group to gain access to and distribute methamphetamine throughout Georgia.

Some of Music's conspirators were caught trying to sell about 11 pounds of crystal meth, valued at more than $500,000 (NZD$707,488) Music was revealed as the supplier during the investigation. Agents seized over $1 million worth of methamphetamine, a large cache of firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, multiple vehicles, and over $600,000 (NZD$848,986) in cash.

"Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth," United States Attorney Ed Tarver said in a press release. "As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison."

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