Meth dealers laundered drug money with comic books

This gentleman is Aaron Castro, who was arrested with his brother Alfonzo for allegedly selling speed in the Denver, Colorado area and laundering the drug money through rare comix. That'll be one police auction not to miss. From CNN:
 Cnn 2009 Crime 08 25 Meth.Ring.Arrests Art.Suspect.Castro.CagWhile arresting the alleged ringleaders... law enforcement officers seized about 100 boxes of first-edition collectible comic books. Investigators say one title alone is worth $3,500 and the total collection of comics is worth half a million dollars.

"It appeared they were working on a startup company for high-end comic books," said Don Quick, the district attorney in Adams County near Denver.

Quick said the seized comic books included some first-edition Superman and Batman titles. The fragile, vintage comics were stored in plastic bags for protection.
"Meth ring used comic books to launder cash, authorities say"

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  1. Just one more story of comic book sales being used to support meth dealers. How many more do we have to hear before we crack down (on the comic books)?

  2. Lends a new meaning to “Mile High Comics,” doesn’t it?

    *crickets* Anyone? Is this mic on? *crickets*

  3. ha! I thought LONGTENGDOTWS was making a witty comment about being a meth dealer!

    synchronicity bot win!

    +1 internets for timing
    -10 internets for being a shitbasket

  4. This would make a great episode of Dragnet or the Mod Squad. Commence wavy flashback/daydream lines.

  5. I’m sure I’ve read a book with a similar premise. Just can’t remember what it is. I think Cory recommended it on here, as it goes.

  6. I’ll answer my own question: because the US Government wants it that way. Because meth clears the system fast enough, to show clear on drug tests: marijuana shows up for months….and that will get you out of a job, a career, all yer property, and the loss of yer children, too..into a jail system where violence between inmates is encouraged.

  7. Laundered? As in they actually sold the comics to clean their “I’ll-gotten booty”? Seems like they had a plan to launder their drug money, but hadn’t yet… Like they were caught in the rinse cycle.

    Seems like a couple foolish folks watched a few too many episodes of the US TV show Breaking Bad and thought this was a great way to secure funding for their start-up venture (comic book store) in this challenging business market.

  8. Gilbert #8, I think Geek Mafia (which I did pick up due to Cory’s review) had a part of the plot where they forge and sell rare comics.

  9. Ugly Canuck – Well, that’s one point of view.

    I think there’s a problem with your logic – you ask:

    Why use meth when harmless marijuana is more fun?

    Then you answer your own question thusly:

    I’ll answer my own question: because the US Government wants it that way. Because meth clears the system fast enough, to show clear on drug tests: marijuana shows up for months….and that will get you out of a job, a career, all yer property, and the loss of yer children, too..into a jail system where violence between inmates is encouraged.

    Wouldn’t the government prefer the use of a drug that remains in your system for an extended period? It would be the user that prefers the “quick purge” drugs, wouldn’t it? (assuming, of course, their goal is to “get you out of a job, a career, all yer property, and the loss of yer children, too” and “into a jail system where violence between inmates is encouraged.”

  10. Apparently, anybody who has a business interest, in addition to their drug-dealing enterprise, is “laundering” money…

  11. ugly canuck – massachusetts new marijuana laws do not allow for a criminal record for simple possession. We’re working on it.

  12. Quick purge drugs are used, rather than marijuana, in order to avoid detection and punishment: a response to the Gov. sanctioned approved and encouraged drug-tests… I think the the Gov intends the actual results of its policies. Drug tests are great at catching marijuana users…but not speeders. Drug tests are good for pushing people into the unsafe and addictive “alternatives”.

  13. @Ugly Canuck
    Reminds me of Swimming to Cambodia where Spalding Grey is talking to the soldier on the train who says he uses Peruvian coke because the pisstests won’t pick it up . .
    Also, shouldn’t they have flipped something easier such as cars, like in At Close Range:
    BRAD SR.: “I just bought this car down the street for $6000. I’ll let you have it for $5500 . .”
    SALESMAN: “Why are you getting rid of it, sir?”
    BRAD SR.: “I don’t like the radio . .”

  14. Yeah, they just invested their profits…no “laundering” until it’s cash again…this is rather more of a “proceeds of crime” seizure.

    You don’t launder money by buying a boat: you’ve got to resell it, too. But they can still seize the boat, if they can trace it to the “proceeds of crime”.

  15. Aaron…Alfonzo, what would Batman say? I don’t even want to THINK about the lecture Superman would give you two.

  16. The poor guy is blind in one eye.

    I know a person with the same looks. The medical condition is called ptisis bulbi

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