Recently, a count in Phoenix of Arizona has sentenced four defendants to different prison sentences against conspiracy to procure with the intent to distribute controlled substances and to launder proceeds from the drug distribution. The acquisition stated that the vendor account named “Iceman21” had been operating actively on various dark web marketplaces that included AlphaBay, Dream and Hansa darknet markets.
The Senior U.S. District Judge named James A. Teliborg has most recently sentenced the last defendant, who has been identified as Kevin Dean McCoy (28 years old) belonging from Tuscon of Arizona to 15 years in the federal prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and launder proceeds from the drug distribution. McCoy had previously been pleaded guilty to both charges. His co-defendants, including his fiance, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges in connection with the same dark web drug trafficking conspiracy.
The primary co-conspirator of the defendant named Silvester Ruelas has received a 15 year long prison sentence, while his fiancé identified as Amber Worrel has received a 10 year old prison sentence. Another defendant named Peggy Gomez has received a 5 year old imprisonment sentence. All of the defendants held at the court had been pleaded guilty to the same crimes and has included the details of the operation in the pleas relating to their guilty. During the sentencing, the acting inspector in charge, Jessica Wagner of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has stated:
One of the defendants, Kevin Dean McCoy has admitted that he, along with his co-conspirators had operated a dark web vendor account under the pseudonym or alias “Iceman21” and had actively run it from 2015 till his arrest back in the year 2017. Taking the cover of the alias Iceman21, McCoy and his co-conspirators had sold over one kilogram of the drug Heroin, over 500 grams of Methamphetamine and over 500 grams of Cocaine.
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Kevin Dean McCoy, on the other hand, has confessed of using the bank accounts that were owned by his co-conspirators. As the information goes that has been provided in the plea agreement, McCoy first indulged in his dark web vendor account Iceman21back in June 2015 and has admitted being the primary conspirator of the drug trafficking organization. Soon after opening the Iceman21 account, McCoy had opened a vendor account on Localbitcoins.com under the username, “Bitman90”. Furthermore, he has admitted using the Localbitcoins’ vendor account to launder the proceeds of the drug trafficking organization into accounts operated by his co-conspirators under fictitious business names.
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The criminal content has been sealed and the only relevant information about this was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Arizona and the plea agreement of Kevin Dean McCoy. Authorities have revealed that during the investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has seized parcels containing illegal drugs that were en route to Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and various other states. Federal investigators even conducted undercover purchases from Iceman21. The undercover purchases included one for less than two grams of drug methamphetamine, one for less than two grams of heroin, and one for 2.6 grams of cocaine. The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) had seized 34 packages during the investigation. Federal agents seized drug of a total of 10.9 grams of cocaine, 119.6 grains of heroin, and 22.7 grams of methamphetamine from those intercepted parcels. McCoy has admitted that through the Iceman21 vendor accounts on three dark web marketplaces, he had distributed a total of 1,475 grams of cocaine, 4,860 grams of heroin, and 3,187 grams of methamphetamine on three different marketplaces on the dark web under the vendor name “Iceman21”.
Kevin Dean McCoy has agreed to furthermore forfeit dozens of firearms, gold bars, jewelry, and $15,000 in cash as part of his plea deal. The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations; and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
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