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'A Dangerous Individual'--Feds File Charges Against Poker Pro Over Marijuana

Micah Raskin Faces New Charge In U.S. District Court


About eight months after county authorities in New York called poker pro Micah Raskin a “dangerous individual” for allegedly possessing 360 pounds of a plant, federal authorities have decided to pile more on.

Per court documents filed last week, veteran poker player Micah Raskin ($2 million in lifetime tournament earnings) was charged in federal court in New York with distributing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) or more of marijuana.

Raskin was charged in Nassau County back in February. The bust came just days after he made a deep run in a $3,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em event at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Raskin, who hails from Long Island, is accused of trafficking marijuana to the Baltimore, Maryland area.

Authorities said that his supply of weed was worth more than $500,000 on the black market. Police said he was selling the plant at $1,400 per pound.

Per police, the marijuana seizure was considered to be one of the largest in Nassau County history. “With this seizure of more than 350 pounds of marijuana and huge quantities of hash oils, this alleged dealer’s time living the high life selling drugs is over,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas boasted in the news release. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder called Raskin a “dangerous individual.”

In addition to seizing marijuana, hash oil and a fire arm, police said they confiscated a taser and “paperwork documenting payments and prices." Additionally, police seized a high-end SUV, a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette, $140,000 in cash and “high-end artwork believed to be worth more than $100,000.”