Seattle – A 34 -year -old Bothell, Washington, man has now been sentenced to five years in prison, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown has announced. Ryan Kane pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose of Distribution on March 22, 2022. Upon hearing the sentence, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said, speaking to Kane, “ It’s not about you…. It’s about what you do in the community… sending drugs not just to our community, but to the world. What you did was wrong. ”
“Mr. Kane distributes almost pure and addictive methamphetamine around the world, stored on computer hard drives, “U.S. Attorney Brown said.” He uses the Dark Web to hide his identity and use the risk of drugs as far as Australia and New Zealand. “
Kane first caught the attention of law enforcement because he sent packages with methamphetamine hidden inside. Kane used a Dark Web vendor account to take orders for methamphetamine shipments; he then packaged the medicines and shipped them via the U.S. Postal Service to various locations in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In April of 2021, he attempted to ship two packages to Australia. However, these packages were intercepted by law enforcement and found to contain more than three kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride stored on the computer’s hard drives.
Requesting a six -year sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Casey Conzatti said, “This recommendation takes into account the struggle of Mr. Kane is against addiction, but it also considers the large number of drugs involved. ”
When searching Kane’s residence on June 7, 2021, law enforcement seized a glass jar and 16 additional hollowed out computer hard drives containing more than three kilograms of methamphetamine. hydrochloride. Agents found the packing materials, a notebook with Australian shipping labels and artwork related to Kane’s Dark Web vendor account. In addition, agents discovered a loaded 9mm pistol on the couch in the apartment.
“Mr. Kane’s conviction and today’s sentence show how smugglers cannot hide behind the alleged veil of secrecy related to Dark Web markets, ”said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Robert Hammer, who manages Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in the Pacific Northwest. “HSI through its transnational law enforcement footprint is eager to pursue these cases with our law enforcement colleagues within the U.S. and abroad.”
“With Mr. Kane’s sentencing today, we are presenting a clear and united front, not only here in the United States but abroad, in an effort to curb the distribution of these dangerous and potentially deadly narcotics, ”said Inspector in Charge Anthony Galetti with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). “We remain steadfast in our mission to remove illegal narcotics from the U.S. Mail and will continue to do so to ensure our communities remain safe. We thank our law enforcement colleagues for their support. help bring Kane to justice.
The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).
This case was filed by Assistant United States Attorney Casey S. Conzatti.