Sometimes, Hollywood makes criminals out to be geniuses. Masterminds who can evade the cops with their quick wit and out-of-the-box creativity. But the reality is often not that exciting, and hardly ever that factual. However, one thing that criminal not-so-masterminds can offer is a little humor (sometimes it’s incredulous humor!). So if you need a laugh, here are a few examples of lawbreakers and outlaws whose crappy choices are chuckle-worthy.
Smugglers at the Smuggler’s Inn:
Cops get a lot of prank calls. So it’s kind of amazing that it was taken seriously when Homeland Security Investigations got an anonymous tip about some potential drug smuggling activity going on at the Smuggler’s Inn Bed and Breakfast in Blaine, WA near the U.S./Canadian border. Agents showed up and watched a black SUV pull up with a license plate that read S-M-U-G-L-E-R. When they pulled the vehicle over, agents discovered 9 bricks of cocaine inside, which the driver, 20-year-old Jasmine Klair, admitted were hers.
Now, while this crime took place in the state of Washington, which is on the other side of the country from Michigan, one thing it shares with the Great Lakes state is that we both border Canada. As you can imagine, drug trafficking is something that border police keep a sharp eye out for here as well. So whether you live in the Detroit area, or up in Port Huron, make sure you don’t agree to take anything across the border for anyone, no matter how good the money is. You wouldn’t want to end up in a federal prison on drug charges!
Downloading kiddie porn while being questioned about kiddie porn:
This one is a little unbelievable, but it’s one hundred percent true. Police in Boulder Creek, California got a warrant to arrest Walter Gafvert in connection with child pornography. Gafvert was suspected of producing child pornography, kiddie porn, and police officers brought him in for questioning. However, once in conversation with a detective, Gafvert seemed kind of distracted. He was playing with his phone, but angling the screen so the detective couldn’t see what he was looking at. When the frustrated officer finally took his phone from him, they discovered what it was that had been distracting Gafvert – he was busy downloading more child pornography!
As you can imagine, child pornography charges are serious stuff. Although this crime involving the not-too-self-aware Mr. Gafvert took place in California, Michigan has some very serious rules when it comes to kiddie porn. Whether it’s possession, distribution or production of kiddie porn, the charges are serious, and the prison time can be measured in years or decades. So whether you live in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor or anywhere else in the Great Lakes State, here’s our advice for you: don’t have anything to do with child porn!
Not every decision made is a good one
Life is full of opportunities, chances to pick a direction and run with it. And not every choice we make is one we’ll look back on with fondness. So when that happens, and you make a decision that you’re not proud of, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245 and talk to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We can help you work towards the best outcome in your unique situation. And join us next time when we continue this discussion.