Another member of the Brockton Dark Web ecstasy distributors group pleads guilty

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Another member of a very successful group of party drug distributors operating out of Brockton has pleaded guilty.

Steven McCall, 26, was charged in June 2019 along with others in a conspiracy to distribute MDMA – known as ecstasy or molly – ketamine and Xanax online at a hidden market called “EastSide High”.

The market, like the Silk Road before it, is an illegal market operating on what is known as the “dark web”, or parts of the internet not indexed by traditional search engines or accessible by standard browsers. . A user should know how to use the internet relay system and associated browser known as TOR – which stands for The Onion Router – to access it.

The leader of the group, Binh Thanh Le, was sentenced on March 10 to eight years in prison for his role and ordered to shell out more than 59 bitcoins – which were valued at more than $1.2 million at the time of the order. of confiscation, but which have since gone into freefall. in appraisal – along with $114,680 in cash and the $43,390 he earned from the sale of a 2018 BMW M3 he obtained with his drug proceeds.

Le ordered the drugs in bulk and the others processed and manufactured the drugs into pill form with a pill press at offices in Stoughton. They would then distribute these drugs to EastSideHigh’s end customers by mail.

Authorities seized more than 20 kilograms – or 44 pounds – of ecstasy, more than 7 kilograms – or 15.4 pounds – of ketamine and more than 10,000 generic Xanax tablets during the investigation, according to prosecutors. The others pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Another trade operator, Allante Pires, pleaded guilty to his own role in early June and is expected to be sentenced on September 8. McCall’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28.

The charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison, followed by a minimum of three years and up to life on probation.

Although TOR can be used for criminal transactions, as was the case here or in the case of the Silk Road market that made the concept famous, it has also been touted in countless studies and news reports. for its benefits.

These include dissidents or others in unfree countries being able to access information without their government tracking it, its use by journalists dealing with sensitive information that should not be indexed – as advised by Reporters without borders – and for those who simply choose not to have societies. or the government track their activities online.

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