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Lottery winner invested $3M in crystal meth ring

Jul 26, 2016, 2:38 pm

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Georgia man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gun charges

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Georgia man who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game last year invested his winnings in a crystal meth trafficking ring, according to federal prosecutors.

Ronnie Music Jr., 45, pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges.

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

According to evidence presented at his plea hearing, Music conspired with others to traffic methamphetamine in Ware County, Georgia, and elsewhere.

In September 2015, Music's co-conspirators were caught attempting to sell about 11 pounds of crystal meth, with a street value over $500,000.

Music was identified as a source of supply for the meth, which he had purchased for resale with his lottery winnings from 2015.

The investigation further revealed that Music purchased the methamphetamine for resale with his own lottery winnings.

Investigating agents seized over $1 million worth of methamphetamine, a large cache of firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, multiple vehicles and over $600,000 in cash during the investigation.

Music faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

He and other members of the conspiracy will be sentenced by Chief Judge Wood after the United States Probation Office conducts a pre-sentence investigation.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Glynn-Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team (GBNET).

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    Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:05 pm - IP Logged


    Busted for Crystal Meth after his $3 million win?

    • Don't chase the numbers you play.
    • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
    • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
               (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
    • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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      Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

      wow is there something in the water? crystal meth really if he wanted to do drugs move to the States where weed is legal.

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        Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

        He should have changed his name to Heisenberg.

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          Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

          STUPID !!!!  However, he was probably doing Drugs BEFORE he won the Lottery !!!


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            Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

            wow is there something in the water? crystal meth really if he wanted to do drugs move to the States where weed is legal.

            I Agree!

            I would say Marijuana is a safer investment strategy then Meth....

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              Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:57 pm - IP Logged

              I Agree!

              I would say Marijuana is a safer investment strategy then Meth....

              I would say neither is a good choice.

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                Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

                STUPID !!!!  However, he was probably doing Drugs BEFORE he won the Lottery !!!

                It's about time TLC did a story called 'Whatever happened to the lottery winner?'.  He'd be right up there with Jack Whitaker, David Edwards et al, though they did have a segment on both of them it needs updating.

                So now he has thrown his life away and in the poorhouse, sad, very sad.

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                  Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                  Ronnie could simply have been following the advice of people who have money, you want to make it last-invest. He probably saw the current rates & told himself that he can double, even triple his investment because demand for the product is off the charts.

                  Is it just me or does Ronnie look a lil like Boromir without the long hair. 

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                    Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

                    Dupe AlertA fool and his money are soon parted. Dupe Alert

                    And his case, it might be for decades or longer.

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                      Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

                      Dumba$$. Sigh...Disapprove

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                        Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

                        WTF  IDIOT!!!!!!!

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                          Posted: July 26, 2016, 4:55 pm - IP Logged

                          K'mon man meth? the resale must be really high guess it was worth it


                          " What's more likely to happen will happen.. "

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                            Posted: July 26, 2016, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                            I actually thought he looks more like Jony Ive from Apple:


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