Back in May, reader Dave provided a photo of an essay writing business which recently opened in the same complex as Galaxie Diner. Surprised as I was that a business such as this could survive with a physical presence in a building which has had such high turnover, they seemed to be doing well and gaining attention in the local media with their odd marketing antics.
According to the CityPages article linked, the group running the essay writing business were wandering around Apple Valley, shirtless, trying to drum up business with slogans painted across their bodies. For a team of people supposedly writing essays which are up to and including graduate level dissertations, this behavior seemed a bit odd to me.
Odd to me until I read this Dakota County Criminal Complaint which, in part, states:
On May 11, 2010, Dakota County Drug Task Force agents and officers of the Apple Valley Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at a place of business in the city of Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota. Agents knocked on the door of the business and announced themselves. One of the agents looked through the window and observed the defendant, Jordan Lee Kavoosi, coming towards the door and then stepping back towards an inner office door. Agents used the fire key provided to them to open the door. Once inside, they secured the defendant and searched the office.
During the search, agents found several Pringles chip cans that contained suspected marijuana in the main office, along with a black digital scale. Also found were two boxes of sandwich baggies in a desk drawer in the main office and a Minnesota Driver’s License listing to the defendant. Agents found $377 in US currency on the floor in the main office next to the Pringles cans. Suspected marijuana was found in the trunk of the defendant’s car. While counting the money seized from the defendant, $50 of Government Buy Fund money was located and seized.
The defendant admitted that the marijuana was his as well as the money. He admitted to selling marijuana out of his business and that the money found in his office was from selling marijuana.
So now I understand how they were making enough money to stay open because it certainly wasn’t from selling essays written for others. Thankfully they were located in one of the “greenest” cities in the Metro area otherwise I would have definitely written them off as crazy for choosing the location they did.
What do you think about the essay writing business and the owner selling marijuana out of it? Do you think that was the intended purpose of the business from the get go? Was the method for hiding the marijuana simply because they thought Pringles cans would be a good way to do it or simply because they had the munchies and they were on sale at CVS down the street? Would you ever use a service like this to write your essays for you? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.