A dark web drug lord and a Nebraskan pharmacist pled guilty to federal charges on July 13 after both were accused of conspiring to bomb a competing business.
According to the indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice, 32-year-old William Burgamy from Maryland was the alleged owner of an illegal pharmaceutical site called NeverPressedRX. The site sold oxycodone and a number of other drugs.
His supplier, Hyrum Wilson, is the owner of a store called Hyrum’s Family Value Pharmacy. The two were found to have conspired to firebomb a competing Nebraskan pharmacy, though the two men were arrested before the attack could take place.
Laundering proceeds from the store by buying cryptocurrencies
The U.S. Attorney's Office also accused the men of laundering over $1 million in profits. The men allegedly acquired Bitcoin (BTC), sent wire transfers, and transported bundles of cash through the mail.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said:
“Those potentially deadly plans were successfully thwarted during the early stages of the pandemic. This case highlights elements of EDVA’s national security, narcotics, cyber, financial, and violent crime work, all of which can only be performed with the tenacity and skilled investigative efforts demonstrated by our law enforcement partners.”
KSNB Local 4 reported that authorities raided Burgamy’s home and found eight loaded weapons, text messages showing proof that they were preparing the firebomb attack, and a list of needed equipment like body armor, weapons, bottles, and lighter fluid.
Wilson and Burgamy were charged with drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to use explosives. Each of the counts carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison. Both men are expected to be sentenced in November.
Recently, two Nigerians jetsetters were extradited from Dubai to the United States for a number of alleged crimes. According to the FBI, they converted millions of dollars into Bitcoin via the Gemini exchange.