Suspected dark-web meth dealers caught by, er, 'using real address' when buying stamps

www.theregister.co.uk | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Two suspected dark-web dealers allegedly shipped tens of thousands of meth packages across America using postage stamps... that could be traced to one of their home addresses.

The duo – Taiwanese national Leo Hu, and American citizen Tzu Yang Lin, both living in Southern California – went to some lengths to hide their identities, according to criminal investigators at Uncle Sam's Food and Drug Administration. The two men used pseudonyms to peddle what they claimed was the prescription drug Adderall on the dark web, and apparently accepted payment only through Bitcoin.

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The pair, it is claimed, approached every aspect of their cyber-business with high levels of caution, given that federal investigators were unable to track them down online. Until, it is alleged, Hu bought postage stamps to deliver the drugs using his real name and address. Lin and Hu deny any wrongdoing.

The Feds claim they bought four packages from the pair via the dark web in an effort to figure out how to track and shut them down. The g-men, we're told, discovered that the pills were not actually Adderall – which is used to treat ADHD but is frequently misused as a recreational stimulant – but instead contained methamphetamine, a related but very different street drug.

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It is alleged Hu had his own pill press at home that he used to stamp the meth into Adderall-shaped pills and even add the same markings as the real prescription drug to make them seem more legitimate. Lin was in charge of sales and marketing, it is claimed.

But while the drugs themselves yielded some clues as to who was behind the business that, according to federal investigators, shipped at least 28,000 packages and made $8.8m in sales, it was the packaging that gave them away.

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The two men are accused of using Endicia, an online biz...
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