Dark web drug vendor tripped up by using postage meter, feds say

Maybe using an internet postage account to do business on the dark web isn’t such a good idea.

Federal authorities investigating narcotics sales over the internet have charged four people after a Sacramento-based task force purchased cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from online pharmacies operating on the dark web, and part of the case stems from the use of an internet postage account held in the name of one of the suspects, court documents say.

The case began Oct. 15 with an agent from the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force arranging to buy 2 grams of cocaine from a vendor calling itself Calicartel on the dark web Dream Marketplace account, a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento says.

The task force was created by the office of U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and has prosecuted numerous individuals offering sales of narcotics over encrypted sites on the dark web in the last year.


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