PRESS RELEASE, 8/4/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment in West End gambling case


Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 13 defendants in the July 25th raid of Duke's Place West End gambling establishment.

Case No. B 1004940 charges 8 patrons of Duke's Place with 1 count of Felony 5 Gambling as a result of the July 25th raid. All 8 defendants were in the establishment at the time of the raid. All are charged with the Felony 5 as a result of a prior gambling conviction. If convicted, they face the possibility of 1 year in prison.

Case No. B 1004935 charges 5 defendants in a 12 count indictment. Ravena Springs (dob 9/27/71) and Nathan McConnell (dob 1/1/52) are charged with 4 counts of Gambling (F5) and 4 counts of Operating a Gambling House (F4) and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F2). If convicted, they face the possibility of 18 years in jail. Derek Ragan (dob 1/30/70) is charged with 3 counts of Gambling (F5), 3 counts of Operating a Gambling House (F4), 2 counts of Money Laundering (F3), 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (F3) and one count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F2). If convicted, he faces the possibility of over 30 years in prison. William Morse (dob 8/13/49) is charged with 2 counts of Gambling (F5), 2 counts of Operating a Gambling House (F4) and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F2). If convicted, he faces the possibility of 13 years in prison. Calvin Rogers (dob 5/9/28) is charged with 1 count of Gambling (F5), 1 count of Operating a Gambling House (F4) and 1 count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (F2). If convicted, he faces the possibility of over 10 years in jail.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Cincinnati Police Department and Ohio Department of Public Safety investigated the case and conducted the July 25th raid. At the time of the raid, all of the defendants, with the exception of Derek Ragan, were arrested at the establishment. Ragan, the owner of Duke's Place, surrendered the following day. In the course of the raid, the police confiscated over $900,000 in U.S. currency, 3 firearms and various gambling paraphernalia