DENVER - Two brothers accused of running a drug ring that imported and distributed millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine in Denver bought hundreds of collector comic books to launder the money, authorities said yesterday.
Police seized comic books worth at least $500,000 while arresting Aaron Castro, 29, and Alfonzo Castro, 30, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said.
“It was their intent to launder money, and their choice was collector comic books,’’ Suthers said.
Some of the seized comic books were first edition Superman and Batman publications encased in protective plastic covers, Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said.
“It appeared as they were working on a startup company for high-end comic books,’’ he said. One of the comic books was worth about $3,500. It wasn’t immediately clear if the brothers had started selling the comic books.
The ring imported and distributed as much as 100,000 doses of meth each month, collecting about $500,000, Suthers said.
Women acting as “mules’’ would insert the drugs into their vaginal cavities to ferry the drugs to houses throughout the metro area where it would be sold, authorities said.