A Brockton man admitted in federal court, to making pharmaceuticals in Stoughton as well as distributing them on the dark web.
BinhThanh Le, 25, admitted to conspiring to produce, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy, ketamine, and Xanax, on Wednesday.
Judge Rya W. Zobel of the United States Senior District Court set the sentence date on January 19, 2022.
Following their arrests in March of that year, Le and two other co-defendants, Steven McCall and AllantePires, were indicted in federal court in June 2019 after a federal search warrant was performed at 1749 Central St., a rented commercial storage space in Stoughton.
According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, the investigation began in June 2018 when a U.S. postal inspector opened a criminal investigation into the activities of several people, including Le, McCall, and Pires, and their involvement in the reception, manufacturing, and distribution of drugs over the internet.
During the investigation, authorities discovered that the guys would send and receive drugs-filled boxes and envelopes at post offices all across the area, including Canton, Easton, Rockland, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.
According to the complaint, on the day the search warrant was executed in March 2019, detectives met with Le to buy Bitcoin (an electronic currency) from him in return for US cash.According to the report, a representative from EastSideHigh, a dark web dealer who uses the Wall Street Market website (which is normally encrypted and cannot be examined using regular techniques), contacted an undercover agent with an interest in trading $150,000 worth of Bitcoin.
On March 27, 2019, investigators will gather at the Hampton Inn in Norwood. Pires, driving his black Mercedes vehicle, pulled up to the storage place with Le, according to detectives who were conducting surveillance of the storageunit in Stoughton. They both walked into the building, then out, into the Mercedes, and drove away.
Investigators tracked the men down to a hotel in Norwood.
The affidavit claims that “the (undercover) and Le eventually decided to trade $200,000 worth of Bitcoin instead of the previously agreed-upon value of $175,000.” “Le used his phone to access his Bitcoin wallet and transferred $200,000 in Bitcoin to asecret Bitcoin wallet.”
According to the affidavit, police entered the room, arrested Le, and seized his phone, all while moving the remaining funds in his Bitcoin account to an undercover wallet while they had access to the account.
Pires was arrested outside the hotel, and officers executed the search warrant at the Stoughton storage facility at the same time.
According to the affidavit, the third man, McCall, was spotted exiting by a different door than the one private eye accessed and was discovered wearing latex gloves and a mask, which police suspected indicated he was in the process of producing drugs.
The drugs recovered totaled more than 24 pounds, including 6,200 grammes of ecstasy and 5,000 grammes of ketamine, according to authorities.
According to the affidavit, all three men were seen coming and going from the storage unit several times, leading investigators to believe they “knowingly conspired with each other and with others known and unknown to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute” ecstasy and ketamine.