MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas — HSI received information in November 2019 that between March 1 and April 17, 2016, a person, later identified as Joe Meadors, conspired with an unknown subject on a darknet marketplace to commit the murder of two victims. Subsequent investigation revealed the marketplace operated as a fraudulent platform that offers various violent services such as murder, kidnap and assault for payment in crypto-currency.
Chat communications between Meadors and the website reflected that Meadors provided the website with digital currency exchange for the subject transaction.
Meadors was indicted on Feb. 4 by the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office for violation of Texas Penal Code Sec 15.03 Criminal Solicitation for murder for hire. On February 8, Meadors was arrested by HSI Austin and the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office without incident.
“This case is a tremendous example of our agencies’ collaborative commitment to ensuring public safety and validation that nothing is beyond the reach of the law,” Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee, HSI San Antonio, said.
According to the indictment of Meadors, one of the targets of the murder for hire plot was Donald Meadors.