Sky Justin Gornik, a resident of California, was convicted of selling drugs for cryptocurrencies on the darknet markets.
Gornik pleaded guilty to using the Alpha Bay, Trade Route, Abraxas, Evolution, Outlaw Market and Dream Market trading platforms to trade fentanyl, carfentanyl, ketamine, oxycodone, amphetamine and other drugs, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.
During a search of Gornik’s house on June 7, 2017, law enforcement officers seized 1.7 grams of carfentanyl and fentanyl tablets, according to court documents. The amount of carfentanil, a highly potent synthetic opioid, seized is “more than 86,000 lethal doses.”
It is reported that Gornik bought 600-1200 tablets of fentanyl a week for two years from another darknet dealer, Steven Wallace George. George was also prosecuted by the federal authorities of the state of Oklahoma for the manufacture of fentanyl tablets.
Gornik agreed to the confiscation of cryptocurrencies worth “millions of dollars”, including BTC, STRAT, ETH and XMR, received for drug trafficking. He kept cryptocurrencies on the accounts of the American exchanges Bittrex and Poloniex.
“Gornik admitted that these cryptocurrencies represented the proceeds of drug trafficking and were associated with money laundering through the darknet,” the prosecutor’s office of the Southern District of California said in a statement.
Gornik was sentenced to 70 months in prison for selling drugs and laundering income using digital currencies. Special Agent Juan Munoz said:
“Today’s sentence of Gornik demonstrates the commitment of the Internal Security Service (HSI) and our federal partners to bring such criminals to justice. HSI will continue to aggressively pursue those who violate the law and endanger the safety of citizens by selling opioids and other dangerous drugs through the darknet.”
Recall that in July, a drug dealer from Silk Road was accused of laundering millions of dollars through BTC. In addition, in April, three drug dealers in the darknet faced similar charges. Last year, the European police seized €5.7 million worth of cryptocurrencies from darknet traders