Chrissano Leslie, an AlphaBay Market vendor known as “Owlcity,” was recently sentenced to prison time, and it’s probable that he will be deported after being released. The defense had framed him for being a street-level drug dealer on the dark web, and not as a big trafficker.
Charges of Drug Dealing
Leslie was charged for dealing drugs and conspiracy related to money laundering, along with identity thefts. Law enforcement officials arrested him in his house, and he has pleaded guilty for four federal offences.
He admitted to using different aliases namely Owlcity and others, while trading on dark web marketplaces such as AlphaBay Market. He also admitted to selling different drugs like heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and flakka.
Small-Time Drug Dealer
He was sentenced for selling drugs like heroin and fentanyl on AlphaBay Market, while the prosecution framed him with the image of a person standing on a high-tech corner of the street in a sophisticated market of criminals, terming it as a kind of unidentified eBay over the dark web.
Gathering Sufficient Evidence
The investigators have been able to prove that the defendant had used his computer in his house to check out the location of a narcotics package.
According to police records, many of Leslie’s customers were actually undercover DEA agents who purchased the drugs from the defendant.
The agents then followed Leslie to the post office in Hollywood, where he posted their orders along with drug packages for other customers.
The undercover law enforcement agents then had sufficient evidence to issue a warrant in Leslie’s name and arrest him.
They found transaction logs in his house showing Leslie had been involved in around 1,000 transactions. However, most of these transactions were for around three pounds and 1,100 pills over many years.
According to Daniel T.K.Hurley, the senior district judge in the U.S., there has been an increase in the abuse of heroin and fentanyl in recent times. Many people are dying due to overdoses.
Hence, the word must be sent out to such dealers that if they are caught in dealing drugs, there will be heavy consequences.
Dealing on AlphaBay Market
Leslie is 26 years of age and is from Miramar in Florida. He had an excellent feedback record and a 98 percent rating for his drug dealing business on the dark web.
According to investigators, he was finally caught selling drugs on the AlphaBay Market, due to his over-dedication to customers.
This was because he was delivering the drugs to the customers he had acquired on AlphaBay Market, using the priority mail of the post office.
Everything was running smoothly until one customer complained he had not received the drugs package. On hearing this, Leslie logged into his tracking services of the post office in order to find out the location of the drugs parcel.
DEA officials noticed this and then tracked his device and located him.
According to Robert Trachman, who is Leslie’s lawyer, it is too harsh to sentence him for the recommended period of seven to eight and a half years for crimes involving narcotics and he has suggested for four years in jail.
Leslie also had many friends and family members to support him through the trial. His mother, along with his wife, claimed that he was a very hardworking and clever man, but that he had made a terrible mistake.
Leslie also stated to the judge that he was ashamed of his acts and was sorry to have used his talents and energy for committing criminal offenses on the dark web.
Leslie is a citizen of Jamaica and lives in South Florida. He stated that he had lost his green card and work permit after previously being arrested for the possession of marijuana.
He had then decided to sell drugs on the AlphaBay Market, as it was the only alternative to starving.