Former US Army Interpreter Jailed For 30 Years
October 6, 2019 7:06 pm
A former interpreter for the United States military forces is punished with 30 years in jail for dealing fentanyl, which led to the death of a U.S. Marine. A recent report stated that a former Iraqi U.S interpreter was alleged to 30 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole for using the darknet to sell fentanyl.
Alaa Mohammed Allawi expressed guilty to the drug charges and admitted using the now-defunct online darknet market Alpha Bay to sell various kinds of hard drugs, such as oxycodone laced with fentanyl, while accepting payments in cryptocurrencies.
In 2017, Allawi’s drug exploits ended up to the death of a Marine, who took one of his pills at a party while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Will Glaspy, a special agent said:
“From his use of the dark web to his clandestine manufacturing of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, to his drug sales targeting college students, Allawi operated with little concern for the people in our communities.”
Professor Talis Putnins, co-author of an influential University of Technology Sydney said:
“Cryptocurrencies have fundamentally transformed the way illegal drugs are bought and sold, shifting much of the activity from a cash-based, physical ‘on the street’ market to an online marketplace. The online illegal drugs trade needed two fundamental things to take off. One is an anonymous communications platform, which was provided by the darknet and underpinned by TOR (an anonymous communications protocol). And the second important piece was an anonymous or private way of making digital payments that was difficult to trace by authorities. That is the role that cryptocurrencies have played. Thus, they are an integral part of the online drugs trade.”