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Operation DisrupTor: Cocaine Vendor Sentenced to Prison

A darkweb vendor has been sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison for selling more than 4,000 grams of cocaine to customers throughout the United States.

In a court in Texas, Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn sentenced Aaron Brewer to 6.5 years in prison on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Brewer had entered a guilty plea in December 2020.

A picture of Packages seized during an Operation DisrupTor raid

Packages seized during an Operation DisrupTor raid

Brewer was during Operation DisrupTor, a large-scale investigation into WallStreet Market vendors conducted by dozens of law enforcement agencies in the United States as well as in other countries.

A list of some of the U.S. law enforcement agencies involved in the operation follows:

  • The Department of Justice;
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA);
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS);
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI);
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP);
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN);
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF);
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Department of Defense (DOD).

Court documents revealed very little about the case. A protective order protects any sensitive documents unveiled during the discovery process.

The indictment accuses Brewer of opening a vendor account on a darkweb marketplace in early 2019. He sold through that account and possibly others until April 2020. The indictment does not specify the username of the account Brewer had used but it does reference “accounts” (more than one) in some cases.

When law enforcement officers, including Postal Inspectors with USPIS, raided Brewer’s apartment in Texas, they found 621 grams of cocaine and three grams of heroin. In addition to the drugs, officers found almost $900 of stamps as well as a 100-page ledger filled with package tracking numbers. Notably, Brewer compartmentalized his operation to an extent rarely observed in similar cases; he rented an apartment to handle orders and packaging drugs.

Brewer admitted that he had no other form of employment while selling cocaine on the internet. He admitted he had used his earnings from the drug distribution to pay for the mortgage payments for his home in Texas. As a result, Brewer agreed to forfeit his home.

Indictment (pdf)

Plea Agreement (pdf)

Factual Basis (pdf)

5 Comments
ddksm≤
0cb5db80 Sat, Jul 24, 2021

i keep seeing this alarming, yet recurring theme of these vendors "admitting" to these crimes in which they are being charged........

slayer
a820fb30 Thu, Jul 29, 2021

What happened to avengers?

slayer
a4f42fd0 Thu, Jul 29, 2021

What happened to avengers?

Jane Peacok
514b2100 Sun, Aug 1, 2021

I noticed that something that is reoccurring over and over again. Vendors who were selling many years ago are getting done now. It could be thanks to the seizures of some of the bigger markets, cops / media frabricating things or due to their high tech machinery ie quantum computers. I donno if it would be worth it for them to work on a case for 3-4 years for a low-mid level dealer like this guy.

ChipDouglas
65e713b0 Tue, Aug 17, 2021

@Jane Peacok - This guy was from Wall St which was seized 2 years ago this last May. You may be very young, where 2 years seems like "many years ago" but it's not. In fact that's pretty fast when you consider Covid slowing everything down. Wall St was operated by 3 men in Germany. Also look at all the agencies who "cooperated" with each other. Right there you have a lot of red tape. So the fact that they brought it to trial and got a conviction just over 2 years from when they first nailed him, that was pretty fast.

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