Man Busted for Dark Web Drug Ring Strikes Plea Deal

Dark Web Drug Ring Busted

( – In April 2019, authorities arrested Chester Anderson for running a massive dark web drug operation. He and two co-conspirators, Ronald MacCarty and Jarrette Codd, were arrested in New Jersey after officers carried out a raid that netted the largest quantity of illegal pills in the history of the state. The 47-year-old Anderson recently struck a plea deal.

On Wednesday, March 9, Anderson went before Justice Maxwell Wiley in the Manhattan Supreme Court to agree to the terms of his plea deal. In June, he will be sentenced to nine years in prison under the agreement.

In 2017, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office received a tip about large sums of money being withdrawn from ATMs across the city. They soon identified the people who withdrew more than $1 million. That resulted in a two-year investigation that uncovered the dark web trafficking scheme.

According to prosecutors, Anderson and his co-conspirators created an online store to sell and ship illegal drugs to 43 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The drugs included fake Xanax, heroin-laced fentanyl, ketamine, LSD, meth, steroids, and GHB, the date rape drug. The men converted at least $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by loading it onto debit cards they then used at ATMs in NYC. A cell phone store in New Jersey was used as a drug factory where they produced about 16,000 pills per hour.

MacCarty pleaded guilty to multiple charges and received 1 ½ to 3 years behind bars. Codd’s case is pending.

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