Indictment for Dark Web Drug Sales Using Cryptocurrency

19 April 2019 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

The New York District Attorney issued a press release about an indictment for “operating storefronts on the dark web that sold and shipped hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets and other controlled substances to buyers in 43 states, and laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using preloaded debit cards and withdrawing cash at ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey.”  The April 16, 2019 press release titled “D.A. Vance, Partners Take Down Major Dark Web Drug Seller” included these comments from the New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.:

When our office received reports of suspicious activity at ATMs in New York and New Jersey, our talented investigators followed the money, using our state-of-the-art Cyber Lab to uncover a dark web counterfeit pill seller whose $2.3 million operation spanned the U.S.,

Not only is this the first time state prosecutors in New York have taken down a dark web storefront, this takedown represents the largest pill seizure in New Jersey’s history.

If you are engaging in illicit activity on the dark web, you are on notice: we know how to find you, we know how to put you out of business, and we know how to hold you criminally accountable.

Without question cryptocurrency allowed these sales to occur!

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