Vancouver pair indicted in global drug case

first_imgTwo Vancouver residents and two Oregon residents were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland in connection with a global conspiracy in which more than $1.2 billion in illegal drugs were sold online to buyers around the world, according to the Justice Department.Jason W. Hagen, 39, and Chelsea L. Reder, 23, both of Vancouver, and Richard E. Webster, 45, and Donald R. Bechen, 39, both of Washington County, Ore., allegedly participated in the conspiracy by selling methamphetamine internationally for the digital currency, called bitcoins, on a website dubbed the “Silk Road.”They are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine over the Internet, conspiracy to export methamphetamine to other countries and 15 counts of international and domestic money laundering.Before its seizure in October, the “Silk Road” provided a virtual marketplace for distributors and suppliers of illegal drugs, firearms and fraudulent identification cards to peddle their products on the Internet through an encrypted network called “The Onion Router.”Hagen, Webster, Bechen and Reder participated in the marketplace by selling more than 17 pounds of methamphetamine on the website, the justice department said. The sales involved about 3,169 transactions, the justice department said.last_img

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