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Meth Dealer Faces Loss of His Comic Book Collection 317

cultiv8 writes "According to an article from The Smoking Gun: 'A large-scale methamphetamine dealer who allegedly laundered drug profits by purchasing valuable comic books is in danger of forfeiting his 18,753-volume collection to Uncle Sam, according to a new court filing. Federal prosecutors yesterday filed a US District Court complaint seeking ownership of the comic book holdings of Aaron Castro, 30, who is facing a May trial in Colorado on narcotics distribution and weapons charges. The comics are valued in excess of $500,000.'"
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Meth Dealer Faces Loss of His Comic Book Collection

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  • Re:Why is this here? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 06, 2011 @01:28PM (#35398110)

    It means a comic book collection worth $500,000 will be going on sale at auction at bargain basement prices.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 06, 2011 @01:37PM (#35398196)

    Dude, I don't think the guy reads comics.

    Secondly, I think this is a clever way of laundering money. A bunch of small purchases that (should have) gone unnoticed, and then, one big sale of these on ebay while paying the income tax and paper trailing everything. Pretty smart, except for the fact that he got caught.

  • Re:Why is this here? (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 06, 2011 @01:53PM (#35398354)

    Agreed... my best guess is this is another indication that /. is becoming more of a libertarian blog than a geek site. "Lookie! Lookie what the gub'ment is doing now!"


    Post something derogatory about ObamaCare or that the extraordinary claims of the global warming alarmists aren't backed up by extraordinary proof and see where you get modded.

  • Re:War on drugs (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Sunday March 06, 2011 @01:54PM (#35398366)

    that would be a war on society, then.

    society (its complexity) causes people to need to 'get away' from that very society.

    interesting, huh?

  • Re:Why is this here? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Sunday March 06, 2011 @02:56PM (#35398908)

    Seriously? How about the fact that the government is seeking ownership of half a million dollars in posessions that belong to a man who has not yet been convicted? Should you lose your comic or game collection or your car or even your home for merely being *accused* and tried for a crime? If the government has any business taking your property at ANY time, shouldn't it at least be AFTER you are CONVICTED? You know, when you've been found to actually be GUILTY?

  • Re:Why is this here? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sjames ( 1099 ) on Sunday March 06, 2011 @02:58PM (#35398926) Homepage Journal

    If only. What we have here is that he is an ALLEGED meth dealer. They WILL be taking his comics through the absurdist legal fiction of suing the comic books themselves! (Yes, literally, the case is "United States Of America vs. 18,753 comic books"!) They do that so they can avoid invoking the Constitutional rights accorded to a person in court. They conveniently gloss over the (former) owner's 5th amendment rights by claiming that he's not involved. They might or might not bother with trying to prove this guy guilty of anything in a court of law once they get his property. Being found not guilty in a criminal trail will in no way allow him to recover his seized property. The system's rigged to not allow for that.

    IF they first prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is a meth dealer, THEN I would be OK with them taking the comics as part of his sentence, but only if the proceeds from their sale did not go back to the police, DA, or judge (except by passing through the general fund). Otherwise it creates a perverse incentive to railroad people for their possessions.

  • Re:Why is this here? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by spiffmastercow ( 1001386 ) on Sunday March 06, 2011 @07:30PM (#35401112)
    On "obamacare":
    You speak in weasel words, much like Glenn Beck. "I didn't say what my my views are on the health care act. I'm just asking what happens when you suggest that it's raping your women and killing your children", and so forth. You clearly implied that you think "obamacare" is bad and that "global warming" is a hoax. The fact that you didn't state it explicitly is irrelevant. Unless you're telling me that those are not your views, then I'd say I've inferred correctly.

    on "global warming":
    You're really going to sit there and say that you need proof that a layman can understand,and in the span of a /. comment? I fail to see why this is such a contentious issue, particularly with the fucked up weather for the last few years and the fact that the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, but those are beside the point. What makes you think that every climate scientist on earth is lying to you? Do you think there's some big conspiracy to extort money? Because I have news for you, the money is on the other side of the debate. These scientists make shit for pay, and if money was what they cared about, they'd be in the financial sector working on micro-transaction algorithms.

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