If you are going to start peddling drugs in your local neighborhood, or even in a large metro region like, say Denver, Colorado, then you might want to take a tip from the recently busted Castro brothers, who figured out a way to hide large sums of money.

The alleged meth king-pins were laundering their ill-gotten gains by buying and selling classic comic books. According to reports as many as 100 boxes of comic books were encased in plastic during the drug bust.

Theoretically, the plan by the alleged drug dealers was a good one.  While the DEA and other law enforcement officials might be tracking gambling, prostitution, and small arms rings, no one would expect the Spanish Inquisition the local comic shop.  With demand for rare comics quite high, a quick cash exchange for the books would get someone a bunch of unmarked and clean bills pretty quickly.

We’re not condoning using drugs kids, but I do have to give it to these two for figuring out a different way to launder their gains.

via The Denver Post

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  1. Navarre
    August 25, 2009 at 10:13 am — Reply

    Maybe such criminals should be tasked with resolving the national deficit as a part of their sentence?

  2. August 25, 2009 at 11:28 am — Reply

    According to reports as many as 100 boxes of comic books were encased in plastic during the drug bust.
    Okay, here is my question: Where they just bagged and boarded or where these actually CGC or PGX graded books? To the average person, a bagging and boarding could constiture being encsed in plastic.

    Also, once they are done with being evidence, will they be auctioned off, like a car or house would be in a drug seizure, and if so, how can I get on the mailing list for that auction? ;-)

  3. August 25, 2009 at 11:42 am — Reply

    Stacy: Sadly with how drug law is, those issues may very well never see the light of day again.

    Sadly the story didn’t say anything about wither or not they found any issues of Devil Dinosaur #5 or not.

  4. ~wyntermute~
    August 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    Knowing the friggin cops, they’ll probably just “burn the evidence” when they’re done with it. Farenheit 454’d! :(

  5. August 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    I too am very curious about the fate of those 100 boxes (long boxes?!?!?!) How many books is that? Hopefully they’ll sell at local auction. I could be there in 20 minutes!

  6. mosdef
    August 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    i love meth and comics

  7. lifeisaglitch
    August 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    This story sounds like a really weird episode of “Breaking Bad”.

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