Merced man pleads guilty to online drug sales on dark web – California News

Merced man pleads guilty to online drug sales on dark web – California News

A 40-year-old Merced man pleaded guilty Monday to crimes related to selling marijuana on the dark-web market, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

David Ryan Burchard, 40, of Merced, using the moniker “Caliconnect,” was a “major narcotics vendor” on Silk Road and other dark web marketplaces, including Agora, Abraxas and AlphaBay, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, investigators said. Burchard is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on Oct. 30, and he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Burchard accepted orders for marijuana and cocaine on dark-web marketplaces and then mailed the narcotics from post offices in Merced and Fresno County to his customers throughout the United States, according to investigators. He was paid primarily in Bitcoin.

Federal authorities say Burchard’s…

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