In America, a professional poker player has revealed how he was rousted last week as he attempted to board a plane in Detroit by two agents allegedly working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Writing on the Two Plus Two poker form, David ‘Viffer’ Peat stated that the agents confiscated $15,000 in cash along with a Rolex watch worth $50,000 as he boarded a flight bound for Los Angeles. The Las Vegas resident had been visiting his girlfriend’s parents in Toledo, Ohio, before deciding at the last minute to fly from nearby Detroit to Los Angeles in order to take part in a poker tournament.
Peat payed in cash for the $800 first-class ticket but was allowed to pass through security and have a meal before being approached by the agents.
“I was standing against wall talking on the phone when two guys ask my name,” wrote Peat.
“I answered ‘Peat, David Peat’. They showed me DEA badges so, obviously, I hung up and answered their questions.
“They played good cop, bad cop and I had about $15,000 cash in my pocket and the bad cop asked why I had so much money on me. I told him what I did and where I was going. They reluctantly let me board the plane.”
However, Peat was soon ‘grabbed’ by the agents again and questioned, which caused him to miss the flight to California and the subsequent poker tournament.
“They grab me and start asking me if I use an alias,” wrote Peat.
“I’m, like, ‘no’, which I don’t. They take me to a corner of the baggage claim and ask me to empty my pockets and take off my jewellery. I do. Twenty minutes later the DEA guys tell me ‘here is a receipt, you will get something in mail’.”