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13 Plead Guilty in South Carolina Gambling Ring

5 March 2002

EDGEFIELD, South Carolina – As reported by the Augusta Chronicle: "Thirteen of the 22 people indicted on charges of participating in a sports gambling and drug ring operated from the Edgefield federal prison have pleaded guilty, officials said Monday.

"The remaining 9 people will face a jury Wednesday.

"…The alleged ringleader of the gambling scheme, inmate David Crews, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of laundering profits made from the betting. He also pleaded guilty to four drug distribution and possession charges, one drug smuggling charge and 10 counts of engaging in illegal sports betting, [U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Strom Thurmond Jr] said.

"…In the original indictment handed up in May, Mr. Crews' father is accused of providing betting lines and odds for the gambling operation.

"Parents Jerry and Betty Crews await trial.

"David Campbell, a 25-year-old nephew of one of the prison's inmates, helped recruit the individuals who brought the drugs to inmates during visits and also helped launder money, prosecutors said.

"The Eastover resident pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and marijuana and one count of money laundering. He faces $2.5 million in fines and 20 years in prison…"

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