Vendor “Molly Poppins”, pleads guilty After Being Nabbed in Joint Operation
Graham Mitchell Clark has pleaded guilty to Dark web drug related charges in federal court presided by the Honorable Susan Lee, U.S. Magistrate Judge. According to the court, Graham Clark hid under the moniker, “Molly Poppins” to control a drug trade on the online black market. He was therefore charged with possessing MDMA while at a festival, as well as in possession of LSD with the intent to distribute. In his plea deal, Clark confessed to using cryptocurrencies to order controlled substances from various dark web marketplaces. According to reports, Clark was very much familiar with how trade was conducted on the dark web using Bitcoin, and had been able to successfully distribute illegal drugs to customers upon order over the years.
Back in 2017, agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, went undercover to purchase drugs at the Bonnaroo festival, an annual four-day Music and Arts Festival held in Manchester, Tennessee. The TBI at that time, knew Clark to be sophisticated and popular among the culture of drug dealers found on the darknet. The moniker “Molly Poppins” was often used and commented with reviews. Officers arrested him at the show and afterward searched his car with a warrant. There they found another quarter kilo of MDMA, and 500mg of LSD.
Clark’s arrest was as a result of a joint investigation between the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Manchester Police, and the Postal Service. Assistant Attorney Kyle Wilson presented the prosecution. The joint investigation has been very successful considering the number of drug criminals who have been discovered within the short period. Clark is now looking up to a 40-year prison sentence, coupled with at least a four-year supervision by U.S. Probation once he is released. His sentencing is scheduled for November 30, 2018, in U.S. District Court, Chattanooga.
Clark’s conviction now adds to the tall list of dark web drug dealers, busted this year through the joint operation of the above mentioned agencies. Just last month, a 25-year-old man also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking via the dark web, using the internet and the U.S. Postal Service in Madison and Cullman counties.
Reports suggest he distributed or planned to distribute over 50 grams of meth, nearly 3 grams of cocaine, over 80,000 units of Alprazolam and more than 40 grams of fentanyl. Law officials also seized a package with his address on it, containing over 10,000 Alprazolam pills, in addition to another 600 Alprazolam and 600 pills.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic drugs and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. He was indicted in May on allegations that he was trafficking methamphetamine, Alprazolam, and fentanyl. His sentencing is scheduled for December 19, 2018, and faces up to 10 years behind bars, thus for the conspiracy charge, coupled with a fine which could rise to $10 million. Possession of firearms is also a heavy burden, which could fetch him five additional years.
Just this week an Akron native, Ryan Sumlin popularly known as “TJ” on the darknet, was also found guilty of three drug-related charges from April this year. Sumlin’s illegal activities even led to the death of a young woman, 23-year-old Carrie Dobbins in 2015. He was indicted later that year, but also received an additional charge the next year by prosecutors, related to the death of the young woman.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office states that Sumlin sold her a very potent mixture of fentanyl and heroin, which he had ordered from China, which led to her untimely death. A chat history between them was found on the deceased’s phone and was subsequently used to build a case against him.
Federal Investigators also linked the fentanyl Sumlin was sealing to a Chinese supplier who usually shipped large scale quantities of illegal drugs into the states and across the globe. Sumlin was believed to be selling drugs even after, his actions led to the deaths of a person. He was sentenced to serve life imprisonment on August 24 this year, and also ordered to pay over $4,600 in restitution to cover the cost of the deceased’s funeral.