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Operation "Dirty Taco" Downs Druggy Food Truck

Two brothers made a mint selling not-so-tasty tacos with sides of marijuana and meth.

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The brothers dared to ask, "Why not both?"
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By Bryan Le

08/24/12

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Sacramento police have taken down a pot and meth-dealing taco truck after a three month operation called “Operation Dirty Taco.” Two brothers, Juan and Ernesto Paez, set up their Mexican food operation outside a convenience store and sold both drugs and tacos worth around $50,000 a month—serving the substances in the Styrofoam box along with the grub. The food served wouldn't win any Michelin stars, according to narcotics agents: “The tacos weren’t that good; they looked to be rather dry and unedible,” says one. But the drugs were apparently gourmet quality. And the product synergy of drugs and tacos, selling munchies and marijuana in one location, is arguably marketing genius (you'd also be doing yourself a favor with soft-shelled tacos after your teeth get meth-rot). The drugs-and-taco truck is currently parked back at the family taqueria. Cops say the rest of the family may not have known about the scheme the brothers cooked up together—not to mention the shamefully awful tacos.

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