Two of the individuals who are father and son by consanguinity have been sentenced to half a decade in prison for trading drugs in person on the dark web. The drugs that were traded included fentanyl and oxycodone and the sentence was imposed by the U.S. District Judge named Lewis A.Kaplan. The convicts were identified as Michael Luciano and Philip Luciano who sold drugs on one of the dark web markets named AlphaBay that was shut down by the federal authorities in mid 2017. It has been found out that the father and the son sold the drugs using a vendor account under the pseudonym “Zane61” where they received the positive reviews for their product and service.
In August 2018, the two convicts were pleaded guilty to their charges of conspiracy to distribute and have possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, fentanyl and butyryl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin and has garnered the international headlines because of the fact that it has contributed to a heavy rise in the U.S. overdose deaths. The substance has been in the news repeatedly as the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a national alert regarding the threat in 2015. One of the notable aspects of the case is that one of the repeated customers of “Zane61” had overdosed on their supply.
As per the statement that has been issued by the Department of Justice, the Lucianos have not only been sentenced for imprisonment but are also forced to forfeit 2.5 Bitcoins that is equivalent to nearly $8,500 USD and an additional of $15,953 along with the other property that were not disclosed earlier. The accused were ordered four years of supervised release after their tenure of imprisonment.