High profile criminals frequently spend their ill-gotten gains on fast cars, loose women and living the high life, but if this is any indication then the criminal underword is way geekier then we once thought. According to the Denver Post , authorities seized “about 100 boxes of first-edition comic books sealed in plastic wrappers” after the drug bust of a local Colorado meth king.
Back in August of 2009, Aaron Castro of Commerce City, Colo., was arrested for his role as one of the leaders of a 41-person meth ring. He spent the money earned from his crimes amassing a collection of nearly 19,000 comics. The estimated value of this nerd Scarfaces collection is around $500,000, with one comic alone being noted to be valued at $3,500. His plan? To set up his own “high-end” comic book business to launder the drug money.
Castro, who also owned a Mercedes, a Lexus and an Audi, was sentenced to 45 years in prison back in November after finally getting caught for his crimes. According to a civil forfeiture complaint related to the comics, an accomplice told police that “Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books. (The underling) would meet Aaron at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.”
U.S. Marshals Service have now taken to the internet to auction the collection off. Valued at half a million dollars and after a grand total 108 bids, the entire collection sold for a measly $125,050.
It’s a shame really they sold his whole collection off, 45 years behind bars seems like a good time to read 19,000 or so comic books.