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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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‘One Pill Kills’: 15-year-old dies from one pill laced with fentanyl; purchased from classmate



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Just one pill killed 15-year-old Melanie Ramos at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood. Friends and family say Ramos, to their knowledge, did not use drugs, but was killed by taking just one pill of a drug containing a deadly dose of fentanyl before her body was discovered in the school bathroom.

Ramos and a friend are believed to have purchased the plus from another 15-year-old male student at the school who has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

In addition to the 15-year-old suspect, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of narcotics sales for allegedly selling pills at nearby Lexington Park on Tuesday to a third student, a 17-year-old boy from Hollywood High School. The identities of the arrested boys were not released because they are minors. They are students at Apex Academy, a charter school on the Bernstein campus.

Police said there was a fourth student who overdosed at the park, but her identity is not known.

In the aftermath, top city leaders — Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore and schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho — have pledged urgent action as on-the-ground law-enforcement officials bluntly described the massive and dangerous influx of drugs. 

“One pill kills,” said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza, who oversees the gang and narcotics division, adding that the term “fentanyl-laced” is a weak misnomer. “It is straight up fentanyl. It is not laced with fentanyl… We recovered hundreds, if not thousands, of pills a day; 10,000 pills every other day isn’t unusual” for drugs that are cheap to make and transport and “pushed hard by drug dealers and the cartels.” 

“Tell your children: You can’t tell if drugs contain fentanyl by look, taste, smell or touch,” Garcetti said. “A dealer may be a friend or so-called friend or classmate. They might not even know what substance they’re providing.”

Moore pledged swift justice up the distribution chain. “These were students selling to students,” Moore said, “and we’re looking for the people who are using them solely for their access to this campus.” He said that public awareness — leading to prevention — is the best strategy, but that it also would help to put school police on campus. 


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