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Giant Dark Web Drug Network Allegedly Run by San Antonio Couple

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Federal authorities have announced the bust of an enormous dark web drug network which is alleged to have been run by a San Antonio couple.  United States Department of Justice claims that Mathew and Holly Roberts were selling and shipping narcotics from a house on Harpers Ferry Street, located on the west side of San Antonio. The Roberts, both age 35, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other crimes.

The arrests and charges came about as a result of “Operation Darkness Falls,” a federal joint operation targeting the dark web. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement in Cleveland. It’s alleged that the Roberts used dark net accounts “between 2011 and May 12, 2018 to possess and distribute fentanyl, MethoxyAcetylFentanyl (MAF), other fentanyl analogues, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, LSD, marijuana, Xanax, Oxycodone and other drugs.”

“The mechanics of drug dealing has changed, and law enforcement has changed with it,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said. “These cases demonstrate that those who think they are hiding behind a cloak of anonymity on the dark net will be uncovered and brought to justice for selling the drugs killing our friends and neighbors.”

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The couple reportedly had a drop point at an InTown Suites on Bandera Road. Customers are alleged to have purchased illegal drugs with cryptocurrencies. The Roberts, according to neighbors, are the parents of two teenage children.  When Mr. Roberts realized the feds were onto him, he’s alleged to have sent a message via their dark web account: “Code Red. Change your drop spots immediately. This is all I can say.” John Luskin is serving as Mr. Roberts’ attorney. Luskin said that his client has never suffered legal difficulties before and that he is a brilliant man.