Two Costa Rican residents were charged for illegally selling opioids worth $270 million on the darknet.
David Brian Pate along with Costa Rican pharmacist Jose Luis Hou were involved in drug-dealing worth 23,903 Bitcoin (BTC) — approximately $270 million on darknet. They sold the drugs on various darknet markets including the famous SilkRoad and Alphabay in exchange for Bitcoin payments.
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia charged the two for distributing controlled substances, conspiring to distribute controlled substances, conspiring to import these substances and conspiring to launder money and money instruments.
“These charges are a warning to drug traffickers worldwide that neither the shroud of the darknet nor of virtual currency can hide their illegal activities from the vigilance of U.S. law enforcement,” the Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said.