Man Made $2K A Day With Pot Vending Machine Bolted To His House
A man told investigators that he was making nearly $2,000 a day selling marijuana from a vending machine attached to his home in Detroit, according to federal agents said.
It was when a customer took a viral Instagram video of how the marijuana vending machine worked.
"He was selling like, souvenirs," she said. "It's an excellent service, I think it just got out of hand."
"Souvenirs" was a good cover, because this vending machine also took Apple Pay and credit card.
"I used it like four or five times," said the anonymous customer.
"It’s just things you can’t do," said Paul Vanderplow, ATF special agent in charge.
Agents surveiled and purchased weed twice from the vending machine, before obtaining a warrant to search the home of the suspect, 43-year-old Marcellus Cornwell.
According to Cornwell told the agents that he has run the machine for about four years, making about $2,000 a day from it.
365 days a year, four years, $2,000 a day. If what he says is true, that means he's brought in $2.9M just operating a vending machine. This tells me that you and I are in the wrong line of work.
During a search of Cornwell's home, agents found 18 guns, dozens of rounds of ammunition, thousands of dollars, and marijuana.
Cornwell isn't supposed to have firearms, and he told agents he knows this, but he said he's a "collector." Agents explained that the majority of the guns were purchased on the street, with three being marked as stolen.
A criminal complaint against Cornwell shows he has a criminal record with a string of felonies dating all the way back to 1997. Some charges include armed robbery, identity, theft, and several weapons charges.
He's now been charged with felon in possession of a handgun.
Now, next time you're at the vending machine, you'll really feel like there's never anything good in there.
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