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Man busted on drug warrant after casino win

An alleged drug dealer was arrested after he produced ID to claim a $2,500 win in a Philadelphia casino. He told police he was trying to win enough to make bail.

File photo of a blackjack game
File photo of a blackjack game
Image: Keith Srakocic/AP/Press Association Images

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 on 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 offences in Altoona and called authorities.

The Altoona Mirror reports 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 yesterday.

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