A multi-million-dollar meth ring on the dark web was stopped by federal officials this week and two men now face charges.
Federal officials in Tennessee announced the arrests of Kevin Ombisi, 31, and Eric Russell Jr., 35, on Friday. Authorities charged Ombisi with conspiracy and unlawful distribution of controlled substances, and Russell was charged with conspiracy.
Investigators started to look into the distribution of counterfeit Adderall on the dark web, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Investigators bought drugs from a vendor and had the purchases shipped to a few states.
The purchases were made using bitcoin.
However, when the drugs were delivered it was determined they were not Adderall, but methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
Investigators determined that Ombisi was the one who shipped the drugs and the bitcoin wallet was registered to him. His account was accessed by a computer tied to Russell. A search warrant also produced conversations between Russell and Ombisi discussing the distribution.
When police arrested the two, they also seized $5 million in assets related to the drug activity, according to federal prosecutors.