2 Brothers Built A Multimillion Dollar Dark Web Drug Empire

2 Brothers Built A Multimillion Dollar Dark Web Drug Empire

2 Brothers Built A Multimillion Dollar Dark Web Drug Empire

2 Brothers Built A Multimillion Dollar Dark Web Drug Empire
Brothers, Khlari Sirotkin and Sasha Sirotkin

2 Brothers Built A Multimillion Dollar Dark Web Drug Empire

CINCINNATI – A nine-month investigation into the drug trafficking on the darknet has led to 170 arrests around the world and the seizure of drugs and weapons. Five people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati as part of Operation DisrupTor.

Khlari Sirotkin, Sasha Sirotkin, Sean Deaver, Abby Jones and Kelly Stephens face numerous charges of drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Khlari Sirotkin and Deaver are in Tri-State jails.

Agents seized fentanyl, pressed Xanax, suboxone, cocaine, crystal meth, black tar heroin $9 million worth of marijuana, more than $80,000 in cash and ten guns.

None of the five were apparently based in Cincinnati but the Justice Department said the drugs were shipped to the Tri-State, as well as across the country.

According to court papers, they operated under the vendor accounts PillCosby and Slanggang as far back as October 2013. They advertised the drugs on the Dream, Wall Street, Silk Road 3.1, Nightmare and Empire dark web marketplaces.

They allegedly used cryptocurrency in their drug sales and then converted much of it to cash. In one case, court documents indicate Khlari Sirotkin used his driver’s license image to register for an account to exchange bitcoin for another cryptocurrency.

During the investigation, FBI undercover agents bought drugs from some of the darknet vendors, several of which were delivered to the Tri-State, according to court papers.

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