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Dark Web Drug Vendor Account Operator Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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ByDavid Brown

Jul 4, 2023
Dark web drug vendor gets 10-year prison sentence
David Brown

A California man, Ian Hoffmann, 44, from Bell Canyon, has been sentenced to 120 months in prison for his involvement in operating multiple Dark Web vendor accounts, including “CaliCartel” and “BuxomBrunette” on Dream Market, “Playground” on Silk Road 3.1, and “GambinoCrimeFamily” on Wall Street Market. The accounts were used for the distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine from June 2018 to May 2019.

Hoffmann’s identification and conviction were the result of extensive investigations conducted by agents from the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) Task Force. Undercover purchases were made from the vendor accounts, and surveillance was carried out on the suspected operators.

During the investigations, the agents placed an order for two grams of cocaine from CaliCartel on Dream Market. They received a package containing 2.9 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Further investigations revealed that the postage label used on the package was acquired from an internet postage provider called Encidia, and the account used belonged to one of Hoffmann’s co-conspirators, Gabriel Alva.

In another instance, the investigators purchased 3.5 grams of heroin from “RaiseAppeals” on Dream Market. Surveillance at Alva’s residence revealed his involvement, along with Catherine Stuckey, another accomplice. The pair was observed transporting packages to a local Post Office.

Investigators Uncover Dark Web Drug Trafficking Operation and Secure Convictions

On April 12 and 15, the investigators witnessed Hoffmann dropping off multiple packages at the Post Office’s collection box. These packages bore the same return address as those mailed by CaliCartel. Subsequent searches conducted at Stuckey’s residence resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of drugs, while Alva’s residence yielded drugs, firearms, and other related evidence.

Following the arrest of Hoffmann and his co-conspirators, a search at Hoffmann’s residence uncovered additional quantities of drugs, firearms, cash, and various drug trafficking-related materials.

Hoffmann pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 6, 2023. Stuckey and Alva also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

The successful prosecution and sentencing demonstrate the determination of law enforcement agencies to combat the illegal drug trade on the Dark Web, ensuring the safety and security of communities.

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David Brown

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