Dark Web Drugs Vendor "YVS" Indicted

~2 min read | Published on 2023-03-01, tagged Drug-BustIndicted using 340 words.

Grand juries in Pennsylvania and Columbia indicted a Pennsylvania man accused of distributing large quantities of drugs through multiple dark web marketplaces under the moniker "YVS."

According to court documents, Jacob Blair, 25, of Pennsylvania and his co-conspirators distributed large quantities of counterfeit oxycodone, Xanax, and Adderall pills throughout the United States. Blair operated vendor accounts on multiple dark web marketplaces including Tor2Door, AlphaBay, Nemesis, and ASAP.
The two-count indictment filed in Columbia accuses Blair of conspiring in the distribution of the counterfeit pills through multiple dark web vendor accounts under the usernames "YVS", "Colorshifting", "YourVendorsSupplier", and "YVendorsSupplier" from at least May 2022 to February 16, 2023.
On Tor2Door, YVS claimed it was “a syndicate of professionals that specialize in making the best products the markets have to offer." YVS fulfilled approximately 459 orders on the market. On ASAP and Nemesis YVS completed at least 534 and 406 orders respectively. Blair also made sales through encrypted messaging platforms such as Wickr.
The investigators reportedly established that the oxycodone pills Blair distributed contained fentanyl and metonitazene. While the Adderall pills contained methamphetamine.
The indictment also accuses Blair and his accomplices of laundering the bitcoin and monero they received from the drug trafficking operation. Blair used accounts on cryptocurrency exchanges such as Kraken to cash out the proceeds of the operation.
The three-count Indictment filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleges that Blair attempted to possess over 100 grams of a mixture with a detectable amount of a fentanyl analogue; possessed with intent to distribute over 40 grams of a mixture with a detectable amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine in 50 grams of a mixture; and possessed with intent to distribute over 400 grams of a mixture with a detectable amount of fentanyl.
On February 24, 2023, FBI and DEA agents executed search warrants at a storage unit and residences associated with Blair. The search resulted in the seizure of approximately 10,000 suspected fentanyl pills, raw powder in plastic tubs, a pill press, and 11 firearms including an AK-47 and AR-15. Blair was subsequently arrested and detained.