Indian National Sentenced to 5 Years for Selling Drugs on Dark Web, Laundering $150 Million

Indian national Banmeet Singh sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling controlled substances on the dark web, highlighting the growing threat of drug trafficking and cryptocurrency-facilitated illegal transactions.

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Indian National Sentenced to 5 Years for Selling Drugs on Dark Web, Laundering $150 Million

Indian National Sentenced to 5 Years for Selling Drugs on Dark Web, Laundering $150 Million

Banmeet Singh, a 40-year-old Indian national from Haldwani, India, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling controlled substances on dark web marketplaces from 2012 to 2017. Singh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

According to court documents, Singh created vendor marketing sites on dark web platforms like Silk Road, Alpha Bay, and Hansa to sell controlled substances such as fentanyl, LSD, ecstasy, Xanax, ketamine, and tramadol. Customers would purchase the drugs using cryptocurrency.

Singh controlled at least 8 drug distribution cells across the United States, with individuals in these cells receiving shipments of drugs from Europe through the mail or other services. The cells would then repackage the drugs for distribution to locations throughout the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Jamaica, Scotland, and the US Virgin Islands.

Over the course of the conspiracy, Singh's drug organization moved hundreds of kilograms of controlled substances and laundered approximately $150 million in drug proceeds into cryptocurrency accounts.

Why this matters: The case highlights the growing threat of drug trafficking on the dark web and the use of cryptocurrency to facilitate illegal transactions. It also emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in combating transnational organized crime.

Singh was arrested in London in 2019 and extradited to the United States in March 2023. "The defendant in this case operated a massive drug distribution network that spanned several continents," said a spokesperson for the US Attorney's Office. "This sentence sends a clear message that those who use the dark web to traffic drugs will be held accountable for their actions."

Key Takeaways

  • Indian national Banmeet Singh sentenced to 5 years for selling drugs on dark web.
  • Singh created vendor sites to sell controlled substances like fentanyl, LSD, and Xanax.
  • Singh's drug organization moved hundreds of kilograms of drugs and laundered $150 million.
  • Case highlights growing threat of dark web drug trafficking and use of cryptocurrency.
  • Singh was arrested in London in 2019 and extradited to the US in 2023.