In a ground-breaking development, the U.S. Department of Justice reveals that Banmeet Singh, a 40-year-old resident of Haldwani, India, has admitted guilt in orchestrating an illicit drug distribution network. Singh strategically utilized well-known dark web platforms such as Silk Road, Alpha Bay, and Hansa to peddle a diverse range of controlled substances.
Operating within the shadows, Singh’s modus operandi involved customers placing orders through his online storefronts, with payments made in various cryptocurrencies. Subsequently, he coordinated the transportation of these drugs, primarily sourced from European origins, into the United States through postal services and alternative delivery channels.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole Argentieri emphasized the misconception harbored by individuals like Singh, who erroneously believe they can shield their illicit activities within the cloak of anonymity provided by the dark web. Singh’s guilty plea underscores the relentless efforts of law enforcement in penetrating the clandestine realms of the internet. As part of the plea agreement, Singh is set to forfeit approximately $150 million in cryptocurrency assets. It has been disclosed that Singh frequently conducted his drug transactions under the alias Liston.
Operating from mid-2012 to July 2017, Singh’s unlawful enterprise comprised a minimum of eight distribution networks operating within the United States. These networks spanned across multiple states, including Florida, Maryland, New York, and Washington. Singh’s distribution cells were tasked with receiving drug shipments from overseas, repackaging them, and subsequently redistributing the illicit substances across all 50 states, as well as internationally to destinations such as the U.K. and Canada.
Over the course of this extensive conspiracy, the Singh-led organization trafficked hundreds of kilograms of controlled substances throughout the United States. This large-scale operation yielded millions of dollars, funds that were subsequently laundered into cryptocurrency accounts, solidifying the empire of an illicit drug trade.