Brockton Man Gets Prison Time, Ordered to Forfeit BMW for Selling Drugs on Dark Web
BROCKTON — A Brockton man sentenced Wednesday for his role in a massive drug trafficking operation that sold a variety of narcotics over the dark web will spend two and a half years in prison — and will have to hand over his BMW.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said 26-year-old Steven McCall was sentenced Wednesday to 28 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to his role in the drug trafficking ring along with two co-conspirators.
He was also ordered to forfeit his 2012 BMW 535 sedan, according to the office.
McCall admitted to possession and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute MDMA (ecstasy), Ketamine and Xanax after he and co-conspirators Binh Thanh Le and Allante Pires were caught running the operation out of Brockton.
Authorities caught McCall red-handed.
He was arrested wearing latex gloves and a respirator while manufacturing and packaging the narcotics at the operation's Stoughton stash house, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
During the drug bust in 2019, authorities seized more than 19 kilograms of MDMA, nearly seven kilograms of Ketamine, almost one kilogram of cocaine, more than 10,000 counterfeit Xanax pills and over $114,000 in cash.
McCall, Le and Pires were selling drugs via a vendor site known as "EastSideHigh" on dark web marketplaces.
Le, the ringleader of the operation, created and operated the EastSideHigh site and advertised a variety of drugs for sale including cocaine, MDMA, Ketamine and Xanax.
He received wholesale quantities of drugs from foreign sources in Canada and Europe, which McCall and Pires then processed and manufactured in a Stoughton office space before mailing the narcotics to U.S. customers in exchange for Bitcoin.
The three men were indicted in June 2019.
McCall is the last defendant to be sentenced in the case.
Le was sentenced in March to serve eight years in prison, and Pires was sentenced to serve two and a half years in prison earlier this month.
As the ringleader of the operation, Le was also ordered to forfeit more than 59 Bitcoin (worth more than $1.1 million) as well as $114 million in cash and another $42,390 from selling his 2018 BMW M3.