A dark web vendor located in North Texas pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. The vendor sold drugs sold drugs online for almost a year and used the money he earned was used to pay his mortgage.
The dark web vendor named Aaron Brewer, aged 39, created vendor profiles on dark web markets that he used to sell heroin and cocaine to people who lived in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He also exported to other parts of the country. The allegations were made by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas at his court hearing.
Brewer was paid with bitcoin on his dark web vendor accounts and whenever he received the payment he would ship the drugs through the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Brewer was arrested in March 2020 as part of Operation DisruptTor, during a raid on his home law enforcement discovered a ledger linking drug orders with tracking numbers in his apartment. The Operation DisrupTor was an international effort between multiple countries to stop drug trafficking on the dark web.
Brewer admitted to law enforcement that he sold as much as 4,000 grams of cocaine and as much as 80 grams of black tar heroin. His operation lasted for 11 months. Officials said that $50,000 from the proceeds was used to pay his mortgage.
U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said that on Thursday Brewer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Brewer agreed to forfeit property in Plano, Texas to the government. He is facing 20 years in federal prison.
Cox siad, “The Northern District of Texas is committed to finding and stopping dealers wherever they are – whether that’s on the streets or in the dark crevasses of the internet,”.