Finally after the laughter settled down, Carlos said, “We need to look at a different line of work. The drug business is already saturated with plenty of people who are entrenched, and the weapons running action requires larger aircraft. What we need is a high value transport business where we can make our margins and dominate a market that others aren’t doing.”
Robert perked up and suggested, “What about moving currency, precious metals, and precious stones? These are high value/low cargo weight endeavors that not many are doing.
“Even the drug dealers are forever looking for ways to launder their money to get it legitimate. Why couldn’t we be the go-to-group for moving money? I mean, you can’t legitimately cross the border between countries with more than ten thousand U.S. dollars, and most drug cartels make that each day before they have their cornflakes. Once an illegal operation generates good cash flow, the next real problem is how to sanitize the money. Without this, they can’t become mainstream.
“The first step in that activity is moving illegally earned currency to areas where it can be laundered. The good part of this is if their business is good, we’d be kept busy moving money for them.”
Carlos looked the group over and considered the proposal.
“Not bad, gringo. Hadn’t considered you as a gringo with a brain. It does have possibilities. I might even know where to start with this new business model. Let’s get the plane out of site and let me think about this and discuss it with Juan.” Carlos grinned and looked to Juan.
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