A 46-year-old Darknet Vendor ‘Adam Lemar Miles’ was convicted last week in Florida by the US District Judge Ursula M. Ungaro and sentenced to nine years in prison. Miles made very popular the use of a moniker on the Darknet marketplace “NoStress”. He was convicted for the distribution of methamphetamine and laundering money.
Per the publicly filed court records, federal agents were investigating suppliers who use Darknet marketplaces to promote as well as distribute illegal substances. The investigators identified a seller with the username “NoStress” who had been advertising illegal substances, such as methamphetamine and hydrocodone.
On three different occasions, investigators bought and received seven grams of methamphetamine, and 14 grams of crystal methamphetamine from the seller accounts managed by NoStress on the Darknet.
Miles inadvertently delivered hydrocodone pills that had his fingerprint rather than methamphetamine to federal agents. The fingerprint on the hydrocodone pills helped the investigators to identify the bearer of the moniker NoStress. Additionally, to confirm their suspicion, the investigators monitored Miles’ activities and photographed him at the Post Office where he regularly dropped off packages. This similar case occurred in Salzburg where the police were tracking two brothers working on the Darknet for several months. They were arrested for ordering and reselling Darknet drugs, and subsequently busted because of being videoed at a post office.
The different accounts he used to distribute controlled substances in Darknet marketplaces are; NoStress on Agora, NoStressDream on Dream market, NoStressNucleus on the Nucleus Darknet marketplace. “The accused makes the use of these various accounts to carry out his transactions; Taking into consideration the anonymity offered by the dark web, the accused conducted his profit-oriented illegal business easily,” said the prosecutor.
Maintaining all these accounts on the Darknet made the accused rich. According to the investigators, the accused could make at least $3,000 per sale. The United States authorities confiscated $61,872, as part of his plea agreement. The totals about 20 recorded sales.
At the beginning of 2018, the investigators were issued a search warrant for Miles’ residence in Riverside, California. Evidence recovered from Miles apartment exposed the suspect as the supplier referred to as “NoStress.” Additional evidence substantiated the fact that, Miles had trafficked over 350 grams of methamphetamine since 2015.
NoStress previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to drug trafficking, in contravention of Title 21, United States Constitution, Section 846. He additionally pled guilty to three counts to the distribution of illegal products, in contravention of Title 21, United States Constitution, Section 841(a)(l); and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, in contravention of Title 18, United States Constitution, Section 1956(h).
As part of his plea agreement, NoStress consented to relinquish all his firearms, including a shotgun, two handguns, and a few hundred rounds of ammunition. He agreed to cooperate with the federal investigators for an undercover role in the future.
He is currently at Federal Detention Center, Miami, registered with the inmate number 75766-112.
This case is an outcome of the progressing endeavors by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”), a corporation which involves the federal, state, as well as, the local law enforcement agencies. The OCDETF mission is to pinpoint, investigate, and arraign anybody who is involved in the distribution of illegal drugs, merging the combined skills as well as the exceptional capabilities of the federal, state and other local law enforcement.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Benjamin G. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of California, Miami, and Riverside Law Enforcement Agencies. Mr. Greenberg also appreciated the assistance rendered by the staff of the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Last year, the US authorities were on the lookout to apprehend illegal drug peddlers. The United States government tasked the Drug Enforcement Agency with this responsibility, and that triggered them to use Post automats and PGP keys to identify Darknet drug traffickers.
In June 2018, law enforcement agencies organized a nationwide undercover investigation targeting Darknet vendors which contributed to the arrest of two previous Parma residents and a man who currently lives there. Over 35 individuals were caught during the national exercise in the distribution of prohibited substances on Darknet marketplaces.
No scheduled appeals have come from the lawyers of Miles at this time.