The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 45
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 45

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 B9 ; Qistrrg Organized Crime Reported Netting Millions in Florida mutuel industry." The recent statewide grand jury reported extensive illegal bookmaking at the tracks. If legislation passes, casinos would be concentrated in South Florida with "some serious attempts being made to push into Central Florida to take advantage of the tourist attractions located there," he said. Wilson also described real estate and security frauds and noted that fraudulent construction performance bonds had been sold in seven Florida cities including Tallahassee and Del-ray Beach. In the FDLE report, organized crime was estimated to be handling $4 million worth of illegal bets annually in Dade County alone, and taking $31 million from illegal lotteries operating in Dade and Broward counties. The agency estimated drug abuse and heroin addiction cost Florida taxpayers $412 million in 1974 which included the costs of thefts, treatment programs, lost wages and incarceration. Losses from financial and real estate frauds were put "at a minimum of $1.6 penetration and conversion of legitimate business, he added. "What keeps those people in business is the profit motive that's why they're here and that's why they'll continue to be a problem," Wilson said. As an example he cited a $4.4 million profit to be earned by a middleman in a 30,-000 pound marijuana deal broken up by the FDLE. The marijuana was purchased at $20 a pound, or $600,-000. The boat captain and crew were paid $175,000 to smuggle it into the United States, with incidental expenses estimated at $50,000. It was to be sold by a middleman to street peddlers at $175 a pound or $5,200,-000 a $4.4 million profit and eventually would have hit the street at $250 a pound for $7.5 million. Questioned by Sen. 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