DEA agents infiltrated the darknet and have secured a grand jury indictment for two alleged drug dealers. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said the co-conspirators used "virtual currency" and "sophisticated cyber-enabled barriers" to hide their sale of opioids into the U.S.
- A federal grand jury indicted two Costa Rican residents, David Brian Pate and Jose Luis Fung Hou, for distributing controlled substances and conspiring to launder money, among other charges.
- The Dept. of Justice alleges that the pair sold narcotics on Silk Road and AlphaBay in exchange for bitcoin. Pate's monikers included "buyersclub" on darknet markets, forums, and cryptocurrency exchanges.