30 year old Alaa Mohammed Allawi reportedly sold 245 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and Xanax through Dark Web. He is believed to have sold over 850.000 pills on the Dark Web and paid for cryptocurrency.
According to statement issued by the court, the drugs sold by Allawi led to the death of an American Navy overdose and the serious injury of two North Dakota residents.
In addition to his jail sentence, Allawi also loses his $ 270.000 home, five firearms, $ 28.000 in US currency, $ 31.000 in jewelry, four vehicles, more than $ 21.000 in cryptocurrency and all of his rights to one Cafe in California, where he was a partner.
While not specifying what digital currency was used for trading, US lawyer John F Bash said Allawi and his colleagues tried to hide their business using the dark web and seven different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Allawi is said to have arrived in the United States from Iraq at 2012, with a SQ1 visa granted based on his position as an interpreter of the Ministry of Defense while in Iraq.
Allawi pleaded guilty and testified that he was buying fentanyl and pills from the most notorious illegal shopping site on the Dark Web, the AlphaBay. He then started trading 2015 drugs, accepting seven different digital currencies for payment.
This is believed to be the first case of fentanyl dispensing, using the Dark Web and trading in cryptocurrency, in the area of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the south. It's certainly not the first case in the US.
Earlier this year, another one merchant fentanyl, lost 4 million dollars in Bitcoin after it was caught selling drugs on the Dark Web.