RIO GRANDE CITY — A man who admitted to storing more than a ton of pot in his basement told federal agents he burns though $9,000 every month smoking marijuana.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained 28-year-old Michael Sepulveda on Tuesday, a criminal complaint states.
Federal authorities place a bulk rate of $800 per pound on marijuana. That adds up to Sepulveda burning through 170 joints with one gram of marijuana each per day, every day, to reach to $9,000 on his habit in a month.
By comparison, Sepulveda’s house in Rio Grande City carries an annual assessed value of $2,800. Starr County property records show the house, located at 180 Suntex Road, to be the only one he owns.
Sepulveda told agents he expected to be paid $1 per pound for each of the 2,551 pounds of marijuana found in a basement accessible only from his bedroom, the complaint states.
Sepulveda said the drugs were the first time he stored bulk drugs in his house.
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