Dark Web Drug Dealer Busted; Forfeits Millions of Dollars in Illegal Crypto Proceeds

San Diego Federal High Court presided by the district court judge, Anthony J. Battaglia has sentenced a 39-year-old man to 70 months in prison for participating in drug-related trade worth millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement on Monday, the suspect, Sky Justin Gornik pled guilty to the charge of selling fentanyl, carfentanil, ketamine, oxycodone, amphetamine, and other drugs on the Dark Web market and laundering the proceeds using digital currencies.

Gornik admitted that from 2014 to 2017, he used multiple Dark Web marketplaces such as, Alpha Bay, Trade Route, Abraxas, Evolution, Outlaw Market, and Dream Market to buy and sell illicit drugs.

“Today’s sentencing of Gornik demonstrates the commitment of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and our federal partners to bring these criminals to justice, HSI will continue to aggressively pursue those that continue to violate the law and jeopardize the safety of our communities,” Juan Munoz, acting special agent in charge of HSI in San Diego, said.

On June 7, 2017, Gornik’s home was raided by law enforcement agents, who discovered and seized over 1.7 grams (appr. 86,000 fatal dosages) of carfentanil – a synthetic opioid, inside the suspect’s residence, the court documents stated.

Additionally, sheets of fentanyl gelatin tablets (appr. 100 tabs per sheet), were also discovered during the raid. Gornik confessed to having purchased 600-1200 fentanyl gel tablets weekly for two years from an Oklahoma-based Dark Web fentanyl dealer, Steven Wallace George.

Further investigation revealed that Gornik’s Bittrex and Poloniex accounts are loaded with millions of dollars in cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, Stratis, Ether, and Monero.

Gornik confessed that the cryptocurrencies discovered are part of the drug trafficking proceeds, and he has agreed to forfeit all the profits from the drug trade.

The verdict was issued to serve as a deterrent to illicit drug dealers in the United States.

“Dark Web traffickers take note, we will not allow you to lurk in murky corners of the internet, selling and delivering deadly drugs as casually as an Amazon Prime package,” US attorney Robert S. Brewer, Jr said.

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