Vice Squad
Friday, April 29, 2005
Money Can't Buy You Freedom

What are the odds that...two former jackpot winners in Britain's National Lottery would end up in the same courthouse on the same day, and both would be jailed for vice-related crime? One "winner" received a nine-month sentence for his substantial stash of various illicit drugs -- apparently he is a dealer as well as a user -- and the second received three months after he tried to smuggle some 14,000 pouches of tobacco into the island nation, presumably to evade tax. I enjoyed the public transport analogy offered by one public servant:
"We've never had the pleasure of having a Lotto winner in the dock here before," said one official at Maidstone Crown Court, "and then, like the buses, two come along together."

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