Hugh Brian Haney, a narcotics drug dealer, has been found guilty of money laundering $19 million in profit via the Silk Road darknet marketplace. Silk Road seller laundered money using bitcoin worth $19 million.
As per a news release, he was charged with laundering nearly $20 million utilizing Bitcoin last year. A plea deal was announced with Hugh Brian Haney by the prosecutors of the Southern District of New York.
Silk Road was one of the common drug routes and a place for the dark web’s Bitcoin dealers. Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s operator, was arrested in 2013. He is now serving life imprisonment for being guilty of security hacking, narcotics supply, and unlawful acts.
Haney was a significant member of Pharmville, a narcotics trafficking organization. In 2012, he obtained almost 4,000 Bitcoin from accounts related to Silk Road. He was found to have traded drugs such as Fentanyl, Oxycontin and was also involved in narcotics trafficking.
Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney, said,
“Hugh Haney used Silk Road as a means to sell drugs to people all over the world.”
“Then he laundered more than $19 million in profits through cryptocurrency.”
Haney was arrested in July 2019 after he had liquidated his Bitcoin for $19,147,053 in 2018. Though Haney said he got his Bitcoin from a mining act, researchers proved using the “blockchain analysis software” that the funds came from Silk Road.
Haney was found guilty of covering up money laundering and being involved in a property transaction that was criminally derived. Sentencing is scheduled for February next year for him.