Poker Pro Micah Raskin Charged with Running Marijuana Distribution Operation

Poker pro Micah Raskin was busted at a major Long Island marijuana raid, for distributing more than 100 kilograms of pot and hash oils from the Baltimore region, and he faces federal charges.  Authorities say the drug ring Raskin was involved in led to one of the biggest drug busts in Nassau County, New York, history.

Micah Raskin federal charges

As part of what police said was among the largest drug busts in Nassau County history micah Raskin was arrested in February. (Picture: World Poker Tour)

Raskin, 50, was charged last week in US District Court, having previously been arraigned in Nassau County on felony drug and weapon charges

According to prosecutors, Raskin received medication shipments he stored at his Long Island home and at a storage facility. Those shipments would then be delivered by a courier to places in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Virginia, and New York.

Storing 360 Pounds of Pot

When police first arrested Raskin in February, they said he was discovered with about 360 pounds of marijuana, which they estimated was worth than a half-million dollars, as well as”huge” amounts of hash oils containing concentrated doses of THC. Authorities also seized $140,000 in cash, two vehicles, a shotgun, and paperwork related to the scheme.

“The arrest of suspect Micah Raskin is a clear example of a collaborative multi-jurisdictional law enforcement investigation which is taking a dangerous individual and the medication he was dealing off the streets,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said after his arrest. “I congratulate all the researchers for a job well done.”

The Baltimore Sun reported that Benjamin Simpson, Raskin’s New York attorney could not be reached by it, for comment on Tuesday.

When Raskin was charged in Nassau County, officials stated when he was convicted on all counts, he could face up to eight years in prison. It’s unclear how much additional prison time he might face if convicted of charges.

According to a report by Long Island newspaper Newsday, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office says that the status of their case has not changed against Raskin.

Long History of Tournament Cashes

While Raskin is far from a household name in poker circles, he was a successful player with a history of significant cashes in tournaments around the world.

He may not have had a signature win on his resume, but a few notable performances were there. In 2013, he won an A$5,000 ($3,500) Six Person Turbo event in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne, taking home A$75,000 ($53,000). Later that year, he followed up with a win in the Berlin Cup High Roller during EPT Berlin, earning $105,368 ($121,400).

His largest career money came back in 2009, when he won a $1,500 buy-in tournament at the Borgata in Atlantic City to take home $320,231. In total, he’s nearly $1.95 million in live tournament earnings, enough to place him within the top 1000 on the all-time money list.

Raskin’s last listed tournament money came on Jan. 28 at the Borgata, just days before his first arrest.

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