Thursday, August 29, 2019

"Fentanyl dealer to forfeit $4M in Bitcoin and quadrillions of bank notes"

A quadrillion here and a quadrillion there and pretty soon you're talking real money.*

From The Next Web:
A dark web kingpin has forfeited $4 million, including Bitcoin and 100 quadrillion Zimbabwe bank notes after selling drugs to an undercover cop via encrypted email.
Richard Castro, of Windermere (Florida), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute three controlled substances – carfentanil, phenyl fentanyl, and fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
He also pled guilty to one count of money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Castro agreed to forfeit $4,156,198.18, including the funds or currency in seven different Bitcoin wallet addresses.

Drug dealers stockpiling Zimbabwean currency?
Castro and his accomplice dealt drugs using the monikers “Chemsusa,” “Chems_usa,” and “Chemical_usa.”...

*An homage to the quote misattributed to Senator Everett Dirkson.