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28 May 2020

‘Chems_USA’ Pleads Guilty to Bitcoin-Enabled Dark Web Opioid Conspiracy

‘Chems_USA’ Pleads Guilty to Bitcoin-Enabled Dark Web Opioid Conspiracy


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A Florida man has pled guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar Bitcoin-enabled drug dealing conspiracy and money laundering.

Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, the defendant, Richard Castro, pled guilty to money laundering and to conspiracy to distribute three controlled opioid substances over both the dark web and via encrypted emails.

Castro has pled guilty to one count of “conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute three controlled substances” — carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment — and one count of money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. 

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