The dark web heroin dealer named Zachary Madding of Mill Creek has been sentenced to 5 years of jail terms for dealing in heroin over the dark web. The accused had eluded the authorities until the cops had found the evidence in a hotel room. He had also allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend in the same hotel room.
The U.S. attorneys wrote –
“When dealing heroin on the “dark web,” a Mill Creek man went to great lengths to avoid getting caught.”
The dark web heroin dealer aged 31 years had encrypted his messages and had accepted all the drug payments solely in cryptocurrency. He had shipped the drugs in a way to avoid police detection. He had used the alias “PerpetualEuphoria” on the dark web websites where he traded heroin.
Eventually, the accused had been caught. On Monday, he had been sentenced to five years in prison in the U.S. District Court in Seattle.
“The person who is before me is not a good person,” U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said during the hearing. “He is a common criminal who is engaged in the most serious behavior…. On the dark web you have no idea who you are dealing with … Because of your actions, there are 1,600 families out there who are going through the pain of addiction.”
The darknet business of the dark web heroin dealer escaped the law enforcement’s attention until the police had responded to the reports of an attack. The attack had taken place at a Mukilteo hotel in May 2018.
The accused had allegedly shoved the Xanax pills down his girlfriend’s throat inside the hotel room. He had also sprayed fentanyl up her nose. The officers had found the woman outside and had given her Narcan for reviving her.
Later, a jury had convicted the dark web heroin dealer of a second-degree assault in the Snohomish County Superior Court. Following this, a judge had sentenced him to 2.5 years (30 months) behind bars.
The cops successfully spotted the fake IDs, drug ledgers, shipping labels, fentanyl spray and crushed Xanax tablets.
The Homeland Security investigators had uncovered that the accused had been selling heroin via different dark web marketplaces as early as 2016. As stated by the U.S. attorneys, the accused had made over 1,600 sales that fetched him $72,000. The accused had reportedly advertised discretion.
“We have never had a parcel seized in our vending history,” he claimed.
One of the reviewers had described the business of the dark web heroin dealer as “the Amazon Prime of H.”
Dalton wrote that the law enforcement authorities had taken down the darknet markets that the accused used to trade his product. Even after the takedown, he continued the heroin sales.
Representing the defense, the attorney named Scott Engelhard had written –
“Madding had been addicted to opioids ever since a dentist prescribed him some as a 17-year-old. He quickly moved on to heroin, fentanyl and Xanax.
After high school, he worked as a commercial fisherman until he couldn’t hold the job anymore because of his addiction. He went on to become a low-level drug dealer on the streets. Then he moved to selling online — it was safer and more lucrative.
The three years Madding spent in jail is the longest he’s been sober as an adult.”
“And at 31 years old, he now has the maturity and insight to realize that he is at a crossroads in his life,” Engelhard wrote, “either sobriety, family support and good employment, or daily putting his life in jeopardy and ending back in prison for a very long time.”
Dalton had continuously argued that the accused had never respected the consequences of his actions. Not in the year 2014, when under the influence of heroin, he drove and hit two teenagers. One of the duos had suffered a traumatic brain injury. Also, in 2018, he had assaulted his ex-girlfriend. He had been continuously selling drugs to all parts of the world, risking people’s lives and contributing to the global opioid crisis.
“Although the Defendant was himself addicted to the product he sold, this addiction neither excuses nor justifies his actions,” Dalton wrote. “Despite this addiction, the Defendant was clear headed enough to operate a sophisticated, lucrative, and furtive narcotics business that relied upon the stealth of the dark web to sell heroin to individuals throughout the United States.”
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