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21 October 2019

Drug Dealers Who Used Crypto Sentenced to Prison

Drug Dealers Who Used Crypto Sentenced to Prison


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Five drug dealers were sentenced Monday to prison terms ranging from 5-20 years for their roles in distributing various illegal drugs, at least in part using cryptocurrencies.

California-based Wyatt Pasek was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for selling counterfeit opioid pills, while Arizona-based Kevin Dean McCoy, Silvester Ruelas, Amber Worrell and Peggy Gomez were sentenced to a variety of prison terms for selling heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine on dark web marketplaces.

The Arizona defendants sold drugs using AlphaBay, Hansa and Dream Market, which all allowed for transactions conducted using cryptocurrencies (AlphaBay and Hansa were shut down in 2017, while Dream Market shuttered its virtual doors earlier this year).

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