Darknet Market Vendor Used USPS for Trafficking Drugs Bought with Bitcoin

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A young man has been arrested after allegedly driving around Denver in his brand new BMW mailing packages of illegal drugs from the local Post Offices. The arrest comes after six months of investigation in a joint operation between the DEA and the U.S. Postal Inspection Services.

Paul Moseley Carlos, a 31-year-old Colorado man drove around town mailing packages filled with cocaine, LSD and heroin to potential customers around the country who purchased the controlled substances on the dark web. These customers made payments for their packages using virtual currencies particular from a bitcoin wallet address, court records revealed.

During the investigations that lead to the arrest of Moseley and which took six months, the DEA agents and the United States Postal Services Inspection agents had been tracking the suspect. Federal agents went undercover and successfully purchased LSD, Methamphetamine, and heroin twice from him, using bitcoins.

According to the investigation, Carlos Moseley was captured by a surveillance camera while he was entering and exiting the Denver post office after buying postal stamps from an automated teller machine. This was after an undercover agent placed an order of 3 grams of heroin and 50 tablets of clonazepam anti-anxiety medication which he paid for using bitcoins. On April 15, undercover federal agents again successfully bought 2 grams of methamphetamine and 15 grams of heroin using bitcoins.

Moseley remains in Denver and is being held awaiting the hearing of the case scheduled for May 18 before United States District Magistrate Judge Varholak Scott. The charges against him include procuring, Possessing with the intention to distribute, drugs conspiracy, dealing drugs and use of internet communication platform to do illegal activities. He faces up to 60 years behind bars.

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Suspects such as Moseley among other high tech drug kingpins increasingly are using the dark web and cryptocurrencies to avoid pitfalls of stowing money in the highly monitored institution such as a bank. Moreover, this cuts off middlemen fees including drug dealers at the street level. More often than not, however, reports have shown that these criminals are captured all over the world. Most recently, DNM reported about an Ohio man arrested for dealing darknet drugs on a college campus.

Capture has been made possible mainly because of the USPS. Postal carriers have unsuspectingly served as an undercover but illegal drug courier after Carlos used postal services among other several ways to sell and deliver a wide variety of hard drugs to his customers from darknet marketplaces. However, his hopes of remaining anonymous on the dark web seem to have been short-lived.

According to the federal court records, drug traffickers are increasingly using the dark web and other anonymous online platforms to deal drugs after it has become difficult to sell them on the streets. Bitcoin wallets act as their bank accounts which are safe and provide online anonymity but are used to store personal information about their bitcoins and bitcoin transactions.

The federal investigators obtained a search warrant from an area Judge giving them the go-ahead to search his apartment and place GPS tracking devices on his Lexus and BMW.

The suspect emailed the undercover federal agent a tracking code for his package which was later delivered to a residence in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania authorities recently witnessed a darknet drug vendor busted for selling fentanyl. The agents opened the sealed package and obtained Moseley’s fingerprints from the packaging foil–a lose lose situation for him. He waits to soon be sentenced.

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