Porras and Vie were tracked down by a law enforcement agent posing as a customer and a plug for laundering money back in 2017

A 23-year old man identified as Jose Robert Porras III has been sentenced to five years and 10 months for selling drugs over the dark web and the illegal possession of firearms.

The sentencing which took place in a court in California, came after evidence was presented by law enforcement stating that Porras and a known partner were marketing illicit drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine and Xanax on two dark web markets identified as Wall Street Market and Dream Market under the aliases “TheFastPlug” and “Canna_Bars”.

Court documents state that in May of 2018, investigators carried out a search in a storage unit belonging to Porras and discovered in the course of their search multiple unregistered firearms including assault rifles, a D and D Sales Model-A uzi-style firearm, a Norinco MAK-90 Sporter file, and a Smith and Wesson .44-caliber revolver he had not been authorised to carry due to a prior conviction the year before, as well as a cash sum and drugs.

Porras had earlier on posted these photos to advertise his product 

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He was discovered after law enforcement matched a set of his fingerprints, collected during his earlier conviction for possession of narcotics to pictures he had uploaded earlier on the dark web sites, advertising his merchandise.

Pasia Vue, believed to be Porras's brother was named as a co-conspirator in this scheme to deal drugs over the dark web and was also arraigned and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Vue is yet to be sentenced, but is scheduled to receive sentencing on the 13th of January.

The case was investigated as part of a collaborative effort between the FBI, Homeland Security, U.S Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDE) which headed the investigations, and was part of a bigger investigation into a number of dark web vendors dubbed “Operation Dark Gold.”

The prosecution was led by the U.S Attorneys’ Office with Assistant Attorneys Grant B. Rabenn and Paul Hemesath pushing for this conviction.


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