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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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Chinese Communist Party gives funding and tax rebates to fentanyl producers

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A 64-page report released Tuesday by the House Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) states China has been subsidizing the manufacturing and exporting of illicit fentanyl precursor chemicals and other synthetic narcotics through tax rebates and other means.

“Many of these substances are illegal under the PRC’s own laws and have no known legal use worldwide,” the 64-page report states. “Like its export tax rebates for legitimate goods, the CCP’s subsidizing of illegal drugs incentivizes international synthetic drug sales from the PRC. The CCP has never disclosed this program.”

The bipartisan investigation was led by Chairman Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.). Additional details were uncovered as to the extent of China’s role in the U.S. fentanyl epidemic, including that the CCP-run government gives monetary grants and awards to companies that illegally traffic fentanyl and other drugs.

National Review summarizes the report which also found that the CCP holds ownership interest in several Chinese companies tied to drug trafficking, impedes U.S.-led investigations into manufacturers producing fentanyl and precursors, allows the open sale of drugs on the Chinese internet, and fails to censor online content on narcotics set to be exported. Notably, the Chinese government censors content about domestic drug sales but not exported ones.

“These actions and omissions are abhorrent, violate the laws of nations, and have led to profound human suffering in the United States and around the world,” the report reads. “They also, as a factual matter, further the PRC’s strategic and economic interests.”

In his prepared opening remarks Tuesday morning, former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr called the months-long investigation and subsequent report “groundbreaking” as he testified before the congressional panel. “The Committee’s work has uncovered persuasive evidence that the PRC and CCP are not just bystanders; they are the prime movers,” Barr said. “They are knee deep in actively sponsoring, encouraging, and facilitating the production and export of fentanyl and fentanyl precursors for distribution in the United States.”

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