A Lexington Man Convicted for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering
A 46-year-old man, identified as Ansar I. McIver from Lexington, was convicted to over 20 years in prison for distributing the killer opioid, fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin and also for money laundering. The suspect was severely punished by United States District Judge, Danny C. Reeves, who also ordered him to pay a fine of about $586,000 in cash.
According to the court’s document, the suspect, McIver, had earlier admitted that in January 2017, he and other drug traffickers purchased vast quantities of the killer opioid, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine from the southwest of the United States of America. Since the ordered drugs were in large quantities, they were disguised as luggage and were transported by passenger vehicles. After the drugs were distributed to the Lexington local retailers, the proceeds were sent to the southwest for more orders.
The suspect is said to be a coordinated drug trafficker whom most of the retailers greatly depended on for his frequent deliveries. The drugs were distributed in small quantities via dark web markets to avoid the old style of street business.
The investigations began on May 18, 2017, when the LPD (Lexington Police Department) intercepted a passenger vehicle that was carrying approximately 6 kg of cocaine. This prompted the law enforcement detectives to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. At his residence, the detectives seized cocaine, heroin, about 786 grams of fentanyl, and other combined drugs. The detectives also confiscated about $586,369 in cash which they suspected was profit from the drug trafficking business. It was reported to be the largest ever seizure of the killer opioid, fentanyl, in Kentucky’s Eastern District.
According to the United States Attorney from Kentucky, Robert M. Duncan, the illegal distribution of killer drugs through the dark web and other markets have continuously devastated the community. He urged the relevant agencies to step up their fight against drug trafficking both in the streets and within encrypted forums in the corridors of the darknet. According to him, the seizer of the killer drugs was a clear result of teaming up and thus combating any likelihood of drug overdoses and related deaths in the community.
The suspect has been previously arrested in cases of drug trafficking – in January 2018, McIver pleaded guilty to the charges against him. According to the court, under the federal law, the suspect must serve 85% of the convicted years. Additionally, upon release, he will be required to be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for about ten years.
The investigations of this case were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from San Diego and Louisville and by other Lexington police agencies. As the country’s moral decadence continues to cripple the economy due to the loss of competent personnel by drug overdose deaths, the United States government is putting in place all measures to combat the menace before it’s out of control.
Drug lord kingpins are disturbed by the way the Drug Enforcement Agency together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are deeply digging into cases on drug traffickers. By tracking transactions of huge cash, mostly those in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, many drug traffickers have been arrested.
Initially, when the blockchain was introduced in the market, it was next to impossible for law enforcement to trace Bitcoin transactions. It took a lot of investment in police departments to equip them with personnel and the necessary education in blockchain to combat the illegal activities. It has been shown that cryptocurrencies have significantly increased crime levels especially in relation to drug trafficking.
However, there are still many drug traffickers making use of online darknet markets like Wall Street and Dream market. It is indicative that much is yet to be done by the police agencies which have in the past taken down large markets like the Silk Road, Hansa, and Alphabay.
The impact made by the drugs has been devastating in the past since most drug traffickers are not concerned with the quality but rather with the quantity and the proceeds expected of the drugs. This should warn the drug users to be extra careful of the possibility for counterfeit drugs to be mixed with other drugs so as to avoid overdose deaths.