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Latino Daily News

Monday March 7, 2011

U.S. Government May Take Drug Dealer’s Comic Book Collection

U.S. Government May Take Drug Dealer’s Comic Book Collection

Photo: Aaron Castro the comic-book-collecting drug dealer

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An alleged drug dealer accused of laundering drug profits is at risk of losing his very large and valuable comic book collection to the federal government.

Aaron Castro, 30, had a problem. No, he wasn’t abusing the drugs he was selling. He apparently had a rare comic book addiction. The large-scale methamphetamine dealer is believed to have purchased comic books in order to launder the money earned from his drug dealings. His collection contained 18,753 comic books.

Last week, federal prosecutors filed a U.S. District Court complaint seeking ownership of the Colorado resident’s collection, worth more than $500,000.

Castro goes to trial in May, and will face charges of narcotics distribution and weapon charges.

In an interview, Lonna Gwinn, who said she sold meth for Castro, told the government that she had seen him buy the comic books after she’d given him the money she owed, and that “Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books.” Gwinn added that she would often meet him “at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.” Another dealer corroborated the story, saying he had been told by Castro that the comic books were bought with the drug money.

Who knew? Uncle Sam is into comic books.