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A 25-year-old leader of the Dark Web Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison



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A young man, 25-year-old Binh Thanh Le of Brockton, Massachusetts, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release. Thanh Le was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel.

Thanh Le, “the leader and organizer of a highly sophisticated drug trafficking operation” was sentenced in Boston for “manufacturing and distributing a multitude of controlled substances using the Dark Web” stated the press release by the Department of Justice  and the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts.

In September of 2021, Le pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, Ketamine and Alprazolam (Xanax)” said the release.

Le’s sentence marked the first judicial forfeiture of cryptocurrency in the District of Massachusetts, as he was ordered to “forfeit more than 59 Bitcoin (currently worth in excess of $2 million), $114,680 in cash, $42,390 representing the proceeds from the sale of a 2018 BMW M3, along with other items including a pill press and currency counter.”

“Le attempted to use the Dark Web to conceal his drug trafficking business, using its assumed anonymity to distribute dangerous drugs throughout the United States and reap a generous profit,” said Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations’ Boston Field Office.

“This sentence shows that crimes conducted in the cyber realm have very real, very significant consequences. HSI is proud of our partnership with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and stands ready to assist our federal, state and local partners in thwarting crimes like these” he added.

“This was a very long and complex investigation that involved a lot of help and assistance from multiple agencies including the United States Postal Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stoughton Police and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office,” said Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. “Hundreds of hours of investigative work shut down a significant drug operation that was supplying club drugs through sales on the dark web. This is a great example of law enforcement partners working together to keep people safe.”

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  1. Planchet

    March 14, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    He will be out on parole in less than 3 years. When this is a drug mastermind??? So much for tough sentencing.

  2. Sad4theUS

    March 14, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Only 8 years?? Who knows how many lives he took, he deserves life! And we all know the Biden Admin doesn’t care!

  3. Leanne Robinson

    March 18, 2022 at 11:13 am

    It’s good to hear that law enforcement is still working. These days we hear far too many stories of evil criminals getting away with it. Thank you for this story.

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Kilo of fentanyl found on children’s mats at Bronx daycare, 4 children overdosed, 1 year old boy dies



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Two Bronx daycare employees have been charged by federal prosecutors after fentanyl was found on top of children’s mats. The drug findings were connected to the poisoning of at least four children, all younger than 3 years-old. Tragically, one of the children, a one year old boy, died.

The two adults were charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute resulting in death and conspiracy to distribute narcotics resulting in death.”This case reflects every parent’s worst nightmare,” New York Police Department Commissioner Edward Caban said in a statement. “These alleged drug traffickers brazenly went about their illicit business in one of the most ill-conceived locations imaginable, but they will be held accountable.”

The Center Square reports:

Prosecutors alleged that over the summer, Mendez and Acevedo Brito and others conspired to distribute fentanyl, including at a children’s daycare center in the Bronx. The complaint alleges the two “maintained large quantities of fentanyl, including a kilogram of fentanyl stored on top of children’s playmats.”

On Sept. 15, four children, all younger than 3 years old, appear to have experienced the effects of poisoning from exposure to fentanyl.

Before Mendez called 911 to summon medical assistance for the children, she called another person, referred to as an unnamed co-conspirator in the complaint. That person came to the daycare, stayed for about two minutes and then left out a back alleyway carrying two shopping bags. This happened while the children were unresponsive.

“Tragedy doesn’t begin to describe the events that took place at Divino Niño Daycare,” said Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino III of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division. “This death and drug poisonings are every parent’s worst nightmare and clearly define the danger fentanyl poses to every New Yorker.”

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