Brockton Man Admits Selling Drugs on the Dark Web
BOSTON — A Brockton man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to make and sell controlled substances on a dark web marketplace.
Binh Thanh Le, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, Ketamine and Alprazolam (Xanax), the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Le was indicted in June 2019 along with alleged co-conspirators Steven McCall and Allante Pires, who have both pleaded not guilty.
According to court records, Le received wholesale quantities of controlled substances in the mail.
Le then processed and manufactured the substances at an office space he rented in Stoughton. McCall and Pires allegedly helped him in processing and manufacturing the drugs.
To sell the pills, Le created and operated a vendor site called “EastSideHigh” on Dark Net Market websites.
Part of the internet, known as the Dark Web, is not visible to search engines and can only be accessed using a specialized anonymous browser. Some Dark Web markets advertise illegal items, including drugs like cocaine, MDMA, Ketamine and Xanax, for sale.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, an undercover agent ordered MDMA from one of the “EastSideHigh” vendor sites, and later saw Le deposit the envelope with the order into a U.S. Postal Service collection box in Stoughton.
Authorities also intercepted numerous other envelopes containing MDMA and Ketamine in connection to this drug distribution scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
In March 2019, Le met undercover law enforcement officers at a hotel in Norwood to exchange $200,000 worth of Bitcoin for cash.
He was arrested after he transferred the bitcoin to the agents.
During the investigation, authorities seized more than 18 kilograms of MDMA, almost seven kilograms of Ketamine, more than $200,000 worth of Bitcoin and more than $100,000 in cash.
Investigators also recovered a computer with the “EastSideHigh” vendor page open, numerous packages containing MDMA and Ketamine, various shipping and packaging materials and a pill press from the office space in Stoughton.
Le's sentencing is set for Jan. 19, 2022.