Holy Crystal Ice, Batman, those comic dealers could be meth dealers. Brothers Aaron and Alfonzo Castro are accused of running a large methamphetamine ring in the Denver area and laundering the cash through a high-end comic business, including first-edition Superman and Batman titles.
It turns out that the comics would go for as much as $3,500 each and that total collection amounted to half a million dollars for the Castro brothers. However, the ruse was soon discovered. As Batman explained, “That’s one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.”
Don Quick, the district attorney in Adams County, not only sounds like a comic strip DA but talks like one. Quick remarked that the use of women to smuggle meth internally was ” a tawdry piece of information” that captures the sheer depravity of the ring.
The Castros and 39 other people are listed as defendants. They are being held in the Adams County jail on $1 million bail each. That is like 10,000 first editions of Spiderman issues for those keeping count.
I can understand the meth, I just can’t see who would buy comics from either of these guys, though Aaron Castro does bear some resemblance to Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons:
In the end, as Batman warned: “That’s life, Robin, full of ups and downs. It ill befits any of us to become too confident.”
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