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   Undertoad  Saturday Mar 17 11:10 AM

March 17, 2007: $206 million in cash



Fark today points out this story of a Mexican drug raid, centered around trackers in pseudoephedrin -- you knew it as Sudafed, and it's used in making methamphetamine.

Before Sudafed (and other such medicatinons) changed the formula (to something less effective), meth lab people were buying and stealing it in large quantities. When the US cracked down on it, Mexico became the largest producer of it - and thus, the Mexican traffickers of it got rich beyond belief.

Thus, most of the bills there are 100s. From a decongestant that was sold over-the-counter a year ago.

More pics are at the slideshow linked from the story.



AZjanny  Saturday Mar 17 11:24 AM

I read the story/saw the slide show. Two things impressed me: how big a "block" the money stacked up to be, and how they were able to hide the $206 million.



zippyt  Saturday Mar 17 11:44 AM

Dumb ass dealers for haveing ALL that cash on hand !!!
Don't they know that that is what Caribean banks are for ?????



slang  Saturday Mar 17 12:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
...Mexico became the largest producer of it ....
Sounds like a good enough reason to invade, oh sorry...carpet bomb.

Does Canada make this "pseudo" as well?

Venezuela?




milkfish  Saturday Mar 17 12:08 PM

How do you know they don't have another few hundred million socked away in the bank somewhere? This might just be the petty cash fund.

If I were there, I'd be tempted to find out what it would feel like to lie down on top of that stack.



richlevy  Saturday Mar 17 12:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by AZjanny View Post
I read the story/saw the slide show. Two things impressed me: how big a "block" the money stacked up to be, and how they were able to hide the $206 million.
Pfft. I used to work at the Federal Reserve in Philly. I didn't work in the vault area, but down there the bills are crisper, shrink wrapped, and stacked higher.

Still, I guess I wouldn't throw away a large pile of worn $100 bills.


OB  Saturday Mar 17 12:52 PM

Wow.

Never seen a picture of $205,999,990 USD before. I recognize that ten bucks equivalent in pesos, though.



lumberjim  Saturday Mar 17 12:59 PM

wow, that's more than I make in a month!



wolf  Saturday Mar 17 03:44 PM

Clever way of showing the green on Saint Patrick's Day.



Trilby  Saturday Mar 17 04:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
Clever way of showing the green on Saint Patrick's Day.
Good point. It's not leprechauns with pots o' gold anymore, it's Mexican drug lords.


Undertoad  Saturday Mar 17 05:13 PM

Update, the original image was just replaced with a higher-res, larger version.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 17 08:01 PM

Welcome to the Cellar, OB.
Now put down the $10 and back away.



AZjanny  Saturday Mar 17 08:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by milkfish View Post
How do you know they don't have another few hundred million socked away in the bank somewhere? This might just be the petty cash fund.

If I were there, I'd be tempted to find out what it would feel like to lie down on top of that stack.


I'd like to roll around and toss the money in the air... like some cheezy movie scene. Maybe even "neked"...


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 17 08:19 PM

Three statements from the Link;

Quote:
"This organization had been introducing the illegally imported product to our country and maybe to the United States," Medina Mora said.

Since the U.S. cracked down on the mass sale of cold medicines used to make methamphetamines, Mexico has become one of the world's largest producers of the synthetic drug.

Medina Mora said Thursday's raid was connected to an investigation into an alleged front company, Unimed Pharm Chem de Mexico SA, which is believed to have imported large quantities of the ingredients needed to make methamphetamines from Asia.
Two say imported and one says Mexican made??

Apparently they are importing pseudoephedrine, but are they the worlds largest producer of cold medicines or methamphetamines? Can't see any reason for the former so I guess the latter.

So how are they sneaking it into the United States? Oh, wait, we're talking about Mexico....nevermind.


King  Saturday Mar 17 09:00 PM

Wow, that's very awesome. I hope this isn't one of those situations where they have to burn it all.



WabUfvot5  Saturday Mar 17 10:25 PM

I would like to take a nap atop all that money.



piercehawkeye45  Saturday Mar 17 10:44 PM

I would like to have all that money....



elSicomoro  Saturday Mar 17 10:53 PM

I would like 1% of that money.



Sheldonrs  Saturday Mar 17 11:46 PM

Money won't make me happier. But the things I would by with it would.



rkzenrage  Sunday Mar 18 02:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jebediah View Post
I would like to take a nap atop all that money.
Yuck.


SPUCK  Sunday Mar 18 06:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by King View Post
Wow, that's very awesome. I hope this isn't one of those situations where they have to burn it all.
No this is where Mexico balances it's budget for five years.




One stack please... To go!


bluecuracao  Sunday Mar 18 06:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jebediah View Post
I would like to take a nap atop all that money.
Ha ha. That reminds me of what a friend of mine use to say. "Money's dirty!"


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 18 04:22 PM

You were friends with my mother?



Kingswood  Sunday Mar 18 08:57 PM

Now that's walking-around money.

It looks like Bill Gates cleaned out his couch.

But the real thing I'm wondering is, what would the money-handling procedures of these crims be like? Would their procedures have been tight enough to detect if someone had walked off with $10,000? I guess not, that would require the keeping of records that could later be found by the police.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 18 10:41 PM

If you make sure the right amount comes in on every transaction, and keep it away from people, you should be OK. This money wasn't in the open but carefully packed away. The police unwrapped, counted and stacked it, and I'll bet nobody was ever alone with it.



Shawnee123  Monday Mar 19 09:17 AM

Just one stack...just one little rubber-banded stack of that, wow!



Sundae  Monday Mar 19 09:57 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluecuracao View Post
Ha ha. That reminds me of what a friend of mine use to say. "Money's dirty!"
My Mum used to say, "Mud sticks, sh*t washes off"
(which I think means it's better to do an honest days work with a clean reputation)


bigw00dy  Monday Mar 19 11:13 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by King View Post
Wow, that's very awesome. I hope this isn't one of those situations where they have to burn it all.

Nah...We'll just hand it over to the next in line no-name-3rd-world-country-to-fund-their-Jihad. Then we will have a reason for another war.

It should go toward protecting and training our local law-enforcement agencies that guard our bordering towns and cities.
.....anyway, I am just rambling.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 19 11:57 PM

Uh, Woody, er...it's Mexico.



SPUCK  Saturday Mar 24 06:25 AM

Like to have seen that house burning just before the cops found it... I bet there'd be some real interesting antics going on...



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