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Thirteen indicted in gambling case

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Thirteen defendants have been indicted after a raid at a West End gambling establishment.

Police raided 'Duke's Place' on Oliver Street on July 25.

The owner, Derek Ragan, 40, is charged with 3 counts of Gambling, three counts of Operating a Gambling House, two counts of Money Laundering, one count of Weapon Under Disability and one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  If convicted, he faces the possibility of over 30 years in prison. 

Four other defendants were also indicted:

  • Ravena Springs, 38 and Nathan McConnel, 58, are charged with four counts of Gambling  and four counts of Operating a Gambling House and one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  If convicted, they face the possibility of 18 years in jail. 
  • William Morse, 60,  is charged with 2 counts of Gambling, two counts of Operating a Gambling House and one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  If convicted, he faces the possibility of 13 years in prison. 
  • Calvin Rogers, 82, is charged with one count of Gambling, one count of Operating a Gambling House and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  If convicted, he faces the possibility of over 10 years in jail.

In addition, eight patrons have been indicted on one count of Felony 6 Gambling. All eight were in the establishment at the time of the raid and are all indicted as a result of a prior gambling conviction. If convicted on the new charges, they face up to one year in prison.

At the time of the raid, all of the defendants, with the exception of Ragan, were arrested at the establishment.  Ragan surrendered the following day. 

In the course of the raid, police confiscated over $900,000 in U.S. currency, three firearms and various gambling paraphernalia.


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