- Three criminals were arrested and authorities seized $200,000 in BTC
- The individuals were accused of selling drugs on the internet
- US agents have just arrested three men that are accused of dealing with drugs in the dark web and accepting Bitcoin (BTC) payments for the products offered. Authorities were able to seize $200,000 in Bitcoin from these criminals.
US Authorities Seize $200,000 in Bitcoin From Criminals
Criminals in the United States have been captured by law enforcement agents and have been charged with “cooking” and selling drugs through the dark web. As per The Next Web, these individuals were selling Xanax, MDMA, and Ketamine.
Authorities have also seized 20 kilograms of MDM, more than seven kilograms of Ketamine and over 10,000 Xanax pills. The criminals had also $100,000 in cash that were linked to these drugs.
In order to perform the arrests, a search warrant was executed at an office space where agents found one of the suspects called Steven McCall that was using latex gloves and a respirator. At the same time, they found a computer with the “EastSideHigh” vendor page open and several packages fo drugs.
In order to capture the criminals, an undercover federal agent ordered MDMA from one of the vendor sites that was promoted on the dark web. After it, the agent saw Binh Thanh Le, depositing the envelope containing the agent’s order into a US Postal Service collection box in Stoughton.
At the same time, Le was requested by the undercover law enforcement agents to exchange $200,000 worth of Bitcoin for cash. After this transfer, Mr. Le was arrested by the agents. The Next Web didn’t provide information about how they arrested the third suspect, Allante Pires.
There are several law enforcement agencies that are currently working in order to be able to capture criminals dealing with digital currencies. Europol, for example, the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) has been tracing and investigating cryptocurrency’s illicit uses. They are also developing a game that would allow agents to trace and investigate these digital assets that are moved by criminals.