Here’s one way to spend drug money: 18,753 comic books.

The Denver Post dubbed him the “nerdiest meth king ever,” and with good reason.

Aaron Castro of Commerce City, Colo., was one of the leaders of a 41-person methamphetamine ring, which federal authorities said brought massive quantities of the drug into Colorado from Phoenix. He also apparently had a huge passion for comic books – he used his earnings to buy 18,753 of them.

You read that right: 18,753.

Federal authorities said Castro’s comic book spending spree served two key purposes: to launder the drug money and to lay the foundation for his own comic book business, the Post reported. Castro stowed meth in some of the books as well, authorities said.

But an associate told detectives that Castro’s comic collecting also seemed to have turned into a kind of mania, and he “began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books,” court papers said.

Castro pleaded guilty last year to multiple felony charges and was sentenced to 45 years in prison, the Post reported. As for all those comics? Federal authorities seized them, along with Castro’s Audi A8, Mercedes S500 and Lexus GS300.

Recently, the Post said, authorities sold the comic collection via a U.S. Marshals Service website. The auction, which drew 108 bids, brought in $125,050.

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