Dark Web

The vendor admitted to the sale of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues which he profited of using the dark web as a conduit for marketing, sales and anonymity.

Mark C. Faulkner, a 36-year-old darkweb vendor from Richmond, Virginia has admitted guilt over trafficking drugs on dark web platforms and markets noticeably Alphabay.

The accused, Faulkner came to the attention of law enforcement for selling fentanyl analogues over the darkweb market. This generated particular interest due to the fact that the drug is extremely volatile and can be fatal when taken inappropriately and in an investigation launched into illegal drug sales by multiple law enforcement agencies over the dark web back in 2017, Faulkner’s identity was discovered.

Aliased as CHANG1927, Faulkner enjoyed success selling and marketing Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues including Cyclopropyl fentanyl with the same chemical structures as Fentanyl, and Adderall on various market platforms.

He sold Adderall and fentanyl analogues, using the dark web for anonymity

A press statement given by law enforcement following the investigation read,

Marketplaces on the dark web, like AlphaBay, Dream, and Hansa, function as a place where a wide variety of illegal goods and services, including narcotics, firearms, child pornography, stolen credit card numbers, and counterfeit identity documents, can be bought and sold with greater anonymity than on the traditional internet.

Their investigations also covered Bitcoin transactions where law enforcement agents posed as exchange firms who receive Bitcoin in exchange for actual cash, essentially trapping the vendors and investigating them following the transactions. They stated that they also made purchases from Chang1927 prior to his arrest.

Faulkner is set to receive sentencing on the 29th of April and is likely to face a mandatory maximum of 20 years in prison for the charge of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Analogue. It is important to note that this sentence might actually be lighter following the application of Federal Sentencing Guidelines from the judge presiding over the matter.


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