The drug lord utilized the notorious, infamous, and now-seized dark web marketplaces such as Silk Road, Hansa, and Alpha Bay to operate his global drug empire.
In a significant blow to the clandestine world of dark web drug trafficking, an Indian national, Banmeet Singh, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a large-scale operation that spanned continents, marketing a range of controlled substances.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Singh’s admission of guilt today, revealing shocking details of a lucrative enterprise that fueled addiction and crime across the globe.
Singh, a 40-year-old from Haldwani, India, emerged as a key figure in the dark web underworld, leveraging platforms like Silk Road, Hansa and Alpha Bay to market and distribute a cocktail of drugs, including fentanyl, LSD, ecstasy, and others. Customers looking for drugs used cryptocurrency to buy them from Singh’s online shops.
The Justice Department’s Acting Assistant Attorney General, Nicole M. Argentieri, emphasized the significance of Singh’s guilty plea, which includes the forfeiture of an eye-popping $150 million in cryptocurrency. “Today’s guilty plea… demonstrates that the Justice Department will hold criminals who violate U.S. law accountable no matter how they conceal their activity,” Argentieri stated in a press release.
According to court documents, Singh’s operation spanned from at least mid-2012 to July 2017, with distribution cells peppered throughout the United States and beyond. From Ohio to Florida, Maryland to North Dakota, the tentacles of Singh’s network reached far and wide, shipping drugs to locations in all 50 states, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Administrator Anne Milgram of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hailed the collaborative effort that dismantled Singh’s empire, highlighting the cooperation between U.S. and U.K. law enforcement agencies. “DEA is proud to have worked with its law enforcement partners… to protect the American people and bring Singh to justice,” Milgram remarked.
Singh’s arrest in London, England on 26 April 2019 by the National Crime Agency (NCA), marked a crucial turning point in the investigation, leading to his extradition to the United States on 19 March 2023.
With Singh’s admission of guilt, the dance of deception orchestrated by his organization has come to a halt, signalling a victory for justice and a stark warning to would-be traffickers lurking in the shadows of the dark web. As the sentencing date looms, authorities remain vigilant, determined to safeguard communities against the scourge of drug trafficking.
This case, led by groups like the DEA and IRS, shows how important it is for countries to work together to stop crime that crosses borders. Whether it’s in Ohio or London, cops are fighting to stop dark web drug dealers and keep everyone safe.