Exceptional customer service, a well run call center and a tidy profit to boot. Don’t all retailers, especially during Christmas, want the same thing? The DEA may haveone of the smartest entrepreneurs of our time —by accident. WCST-TV that NYPD learned about “The Cartoon Network” from surveillance set in place after a body was found in a delapidated New York neighborhood. This is not confirmed or denied by the USDOJ’s site.
Meet Mr. John Nebel. His product, marijuana, was illegal, but his business plan was good. He identified a market and supplied it in a manner that, without government surveillance, could have been considered discreet and convenient. He even thought up a catchy name for the venture, The Cartoon Network. He must have valued his
roadrunners couriers, because he paid them $200 a day. According to press releases, his business venture eventually went semi-legit. He started manufacturing the plastic viles that held the product. He reportedly named the company, “Acme Plastics.” His holiday retailing ended Monday when he was indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking. According to the Department of Justice:
To date, the investigation has resulted in the seizure of $837,000 worth of marijuana and approximately $685,000 in cash. In addition, seven residences, located in Massapequa, Rosedale, Lynbrook, Ridgewood, and Brooklyn, New York, and 16 vehicles used to facilitate the organization’s drug distribution operations have been seized, along with thousands of vials packaged for holiday season delivery to customers with the greeting “Happy Holidays from Your Friends at Cartoon.”
At up to 600 calls a day, I imagine his holiday season was looking pretty happy. Until he was busted for providing a weed as common as mistletoe to an eager consumer.