Crooks have long sought “fences” to move stolen “ice” but a Chilean man appears to have taken the practice literally. He was arrested this week for selling glacier ice from Patagonia for “designer ice cubes” for the drinks of the rich and stupid.
The glacier in Patagonia is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world and often cited as evidence of global warming. The man was caught in a refrigerated truck with 5 tons of ice. One would think that if you were crooked enough to steal ice, you would be crooked enough to just make the “glacial” ice in your freezer. The first thing they need to do is show this guy the movie “The Freshman” to see what a true environmentalist mobster is like.
The ice came from Jorge Montt, part of the Bernardo O’Higgins national park, which is retreating by half a mile a year. I assume that they did not put the ice back, which leads to an interesting question of the chain of custody. Do they keep all of the ice on ice for the trial? If not, how much do you need to satisfy due process rights for testing and later testimony?