Cash Out Curse Hits BlackJack Casino WinnerFebruary 22, 2012 3:04 pm
A 34 year-old man though his luck had changed after winning $2,500 playing blackjack at the Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino.
However, after Mateen “Jay” Johnson took his chips to the cashier’s desk to collect his winnings, he received a nasty surprise, and as Altoona Detective Sgt. Troy Johannides explains:
“When they swiped his ID, it came back that he had a warrant and they called the police…He’s got an extensive criminal history and he’s looking at some significant time.”
Mateen Johnson criminal history already records a number of arrests, mostly drugs, guns and assault related. Furthermore, Johnson was currently wanted on two cocaine delivery charges connected with an alleged cocaine network which operated out of The Corner Bar & Grill in Altoona. It is estimated that the cocaine ring distributed 2.5 kilos of the drug each month or around $2 million per year.
Allegedly, Mateen Johnson helped run the cocaine operation for Damion “Benny” Floyd, 33, who is currently in a state prison on felony drug charge. Apparently, last March, Johnson then tried to sell $100 of crack cocaine to a police informant, and a further $200’s worth six days later.
Now, having been arrested at the Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino, Johnson told police officers he was trying to win some money so that he we would be able to turn himself in and post his own bail.
Nevertheless, his $2,500 winnings would have missed the target by a mile as
the Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller has now set Mateen “Jay” Johnson bail at $100,000.
In the meantime, his casino winnings have also been checked in with him at the Blair County Prison, although it likely will be a long time before he is reunited with his cash on the outside.