An Indianapolis nightclub manager has been sentenced to prison after found guilty to trafficking drugs through the Darknet marketplace. To some people, this may be a surprising news, but to Darknet news followers, this is one of the many published news relating a well to do person to the Darknet drug trafficking.
The drug trafficker, Pierre Burnett Jr, 44 was found guilty to using the Darknet marketplace as a medium for distributing two most popular drugs; heroin and cocaine. He was a contributor of the ever growing drug trafficking in the United States, and also, a partial contributor of the high drug overdose in the country.
It has been reported countless times that the United States of America is one of the world’s leading drug trafficking countries, and Pierre Burnett Jr. has joined the queue of the many arrested distributors prosecuted by the Law.
The root of the case goes back to 2013 when the infamous Silk Road Darknet market was shut down by the FBI. An interesting thing happened which escaped the mind and the attention of the news followers. Lee Gray was identified in the process and was finally indicted in July 2015, for trafficking heroin and cocaine in and out of the United States of America.
One thing looks common in the arrest of Gray and Burnett; trafficking heroin and cocaine.
The police were not only interested in the commonality of the items trafficked, but also, the kind of relationship they had. The federal authorities, therefore, confirmed that Burnett Jr. was a supplier of drugs for Gray.
Gray pleaded guilty to his charges, and he will face his sentence in October in the federal court in Indianapolis.
The Silk Road raid led to many arrests including the Founder of the website, Ross Ulbricht. He was sentenced to a life imprisonment for trafficking drugs, engaging in narcotics-trafficking conspiracy, running a continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking, and money laundering.
The website contributed to serious overdose issues as testified by some of the mothers whose sons were victims. One mother said her son took a synthetic drug ordered from the Silk Road market and suffered a head trauma which made him jump off a building.
A father, who identified his son’s name as Bryan said that his son would not have died had Ross not created the website. It was through the creation of Ross Ulbricht which led Burnett and other vendors to engage in selling and trafficking of heroin and cocaine, causing loss of lives. “The lure of Silk Road’s convenience and anonymity ultimately overpowered Bryan,” Said Bryan’s father. “I strongly believe that my son would be here today if Ross Ulbricht had not created Silk Road.” Ulbricht was recently transferred to a different prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office released a statement that Burnett distributed over 17 kilograms of heroin and 25 kilograms of cocaine.
According to reports, Burnett used to receive most of the heroin and cocaine from a Mexican dealer, and then pay with physical cash. He then distributes the drugs to different sellers which included Alan Duncan and Gray. Alan was convicted and sentenced in Ohio for drug trafficking.
The United States authorities have just as some other countries arrested many Darknet drug dealers, but the online drug trade is still booming.
Kathryn Haun was a prosecutor in San Francisco and the Justice Department’s first Digital Currency Coordinator. She described the role of the Darknet: “The dark web has become such an important source of distribution for this sort of deadly drug. It has enabled distribution channels that previously didn’t exist.” The Darknet is responsible for the availability of many deadly drugs on the street of United States.
Burnett was among the many heroin and cocaine sellers in the United States of America. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime published last year that heroin use in the United States of America experienced a 145% increase since 2007.
Joseph J. Palamar, an assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center as at last year, and a member of the research said that: “The darknet is becoming a very popular way for people to get drugs.” The researchers wrote that: “This raises concerns in terms of the potential of the ‘dark net’ to attract new populations of users by facilitating access to drugs in both developed and developing countries.”