Automotive News reports that illegal drug trafficking at auto dealerships has occurred with increasing frequency in recent years, perpetrated either by less-than-honest employees or corrupt ownership. It seems that “parts is parts” takes on an entirely different meaning when boxes of wiper blades headed for the parts department contains bricks of marijuana.
Drug ring found at Maryland Honda/Volkswagen dealership
According to DealershipForum.com, Maryland police most recently seized 120 pounds of marijuana (worth $ 1.6 million) from a local Honda/Volkswagen dealership. One employee in the parts department was paid $ 100 per illegal delivery. The drug dealer was where he was intended to be sending the drugs. A Detroit-area Mopar Parts Distribution Center was found to have 10 pound bricks of marijuana with a batch of wiper blades, reports Automotive News. Is good help that hard to find, when everybody needs a job?
Auto dealership hijinks
Are these the only cases? Try thinking about it. The Seattle Times tells the story of the previous Huling Brothers Auto Center of Seattle, where money laundering, drug dealing and a smorgasbord of illegal activity allegedly occurred. A Florida auto dealership was getting used by Richard Carlson, who owns Nova Motor Group, as a “massive drug trafficking business,” reports Fox 29 WFLX of Hollywood, Fla.. Apparently Carlson stashed cocaine in SUVs that were shipped to Sweden. In Abington, Massachusetts, a couple partners working with Duane Glenn in a Midway Motors selling cocaine. Marijuana was being sold in this situation also.
The story behind John DeLorean
The DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982 after making luxury sports cars since 1975. In the 1980s, the DeLorean DMC-12 was one of the best cars to get, although John DeLorean could not figure out how to maintain all of its operating capital. Drugs began to be sold be DeLorean as proved in a film. Because entrapment was supposedly used in this, DeLorean was cleared of all charges.
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