A man named Richard Castro has been charged by the US Department of Justice to pay all of the illegal funs he’s gathered through his 4 years “business” of selling controlled substances on the dark web.
According to the Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, Castro, aka “Chemsusa” and “Jagger109” was selling controlled substances such as fentanyl and carfentanyl, both falling in the classification of synthetic opioids.
Additional charges for Castro include money laundering cases of acquired wealth through Bitcoins. He had been allegedly purchasing Zimbabwe dollars to safely take the funds out of the united states.
According to the allegations, Castro had purchased as much as 100 quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars, that’s 17 zeros.
In total, Castro will have to pay the DOJ back $4 million including all of the Bitcoin he possesses.
Castro met his end when he strayed away from the dark web and instead started using encrypted emails, which he would provide to customers willing to pay the fee.
Well, there was one customer who was willing to pay it, and he turned out to be a government agent. Needless to say, despite the plea deal, Castro is looking at least a two-digit sentence.