Wednesday, September 16, 2009

U.S. v. Montalvo (9th Cir. - Sept. 16, 2009)

You know what I like to see in my coke dealers? A little effort. A little class.

No baggy-shorts-where-you-can-see-their-underwear here. Michael Montalvo's ran his crew "much like a legitimate enterprise, requiring his employees to dress in business attire, to work 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. five days a week, and to carry pagers so that they could be easily contacted.” Plus, his guys were forbidden from carrying guns or using drugs themselves.

No wonder the guy grossed $85 million in cocaine sales in a single year. Awesome business model! Harvard Business School: Here's a new case study for ya.

Didn't stop the guy from being sentenced to life in prison though. Too bad there's no downward departure for "criminal enterprise with class".