The Fling of a High Roller

Living a ghetto dream, Bo Bennett rode the coke trade from poverty to riches -- and into prison

On the day in 1988 when Caesars Palace sent a luxurious Learjet to fly Brian ("Bo") Bennett to Las Vegas, he must have marveled at how his lot in life had changed. Only three years earlier the youth from the downtrodden ghetto of South Central Los Angeles was stocking shelves in a supermarket. Now, at 23, he was off on the kind of fling casinos reserve for the highest rollers.

In between bouts at the gaming tables, Bennett would be treated to a free ringside seat at the championship fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Donny Lalonde. After Leonard won by...

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