Accused Meth Dealer Faces Loss Of His Beloved 18,753 Comic Books
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 U.S. 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.
The forfeiture complaint recounts a government interview with Lonna Gwinn, who said she sold meth for Castro, who is pictured above. “Gwinn said that Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books.” Gwinn added that she would meet Castro “at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.”
A second admitted dealer told investigators that he helped Castro organize his comic books, “which he confirmed were purchased by Aaron with drug proceeds.”