Dream Vendor "Sinmed" Charged in Record Pill Bust


An investigation into millions of dollars worth of drug proceeds, shell companies, and money laundering led to the largest pill bust in New Jersey history. The vendor was identified as a prolific Dream Market vendor known as “Sinmed.”

Drugs Seized in the Sinmed Bust


The Sinmed Summary

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) today announced the indictment of:

for operating storefronts on the dark web that sold and shipped hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets and other controlled substances to buyers in 43 states, and laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using preloaded debit cards and withdrawing cash at ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey.

Following a series of undercover purchases made in cryptocurrency by Manhattan DA investigators, investigators executing court-authorized search warrants on the defendants’ New Jersey properties and vehicles seized the largest quantity of pills in New Jersey State history, including


Sinmed’s Charges

The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with:

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the prosecution of the items seized in New Jersey.


“When our office received reports of suspicious activity at ATMs in New York and New Jersey, our talented investigators followed the money, using our state-of-the-art Cyber Lab to uncover a dark web counterfeit pill seller whose $2.3 million operation spanned the U.S.,” said District Attorney Vance. “Not only is this the first time state prosecutors in New York have taken down a dark web storefront, this takedown represents the largest pill seizure in New Jersey’s history. If you are engaging in illicit activity on the dark web, you are on notice: we know how to find you, we know how to put you out of business, and we know how to hold you criminally accountable. If you would like to report crimes committed on the dark web or anywhere else, please call our Cyber hotline at 212-335-9600.”

Patrick Freaney, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, U.S. Secret Service, said:

“The Secret Service remains dedicated to vigorously investigating and pursuing those responsible for cyber related crimes. This case is an example of the tremendous community impact law enforcement can have through successful partnerships. The Secret Service looks forward to continuing our proven partnership with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in combatting the evolving cyber threat to our communities.”

Edward Gallashaw, USPIS Assistant Inspector in Charge, said:

“Dark web operators should know when you make the US Mail a party to your illicit deeds, you bring not only Postal Inspectors but the full weight of law enforcement to stop you in your tracks from victimizing the public.”


Sinmed and Darkweb Storefronts

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, ANDERSON operated two dark web storefronts, using the screenname “sinmed,” to sell alprazolam and other controlled substances. CODD and MACCARTY assisted with manufacturing and equipment procurement. Over the course of the conspiracy, undercover Manhattan D.A. investigators purchased approximately 10,000 alprazolam tablets, in addition to ketamine and GHB, from the sinmed storefronts.

Sinmed Dream Market Profile

Additionally, the Manhattan D.A.’s Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau identified more than 1,000 packages that were shipped by the defendants from New Jersey to locations across the country, and seized an additional 8,000 tablets by intercepting several of the packages. Nearly all of the packages had return addresses that falsely identified the sender as a Manhattan business, including multiple Manhattan law firms and a real estate agency.


The Money Laundering Conspiracy

ANDERSON and MACCARTY created a shell company, Next Level Research and Development, to purchase more than 1,000 kilograms of microcrystalline cellulose, the primary ingredient used to manufacture pharmaceutical tablets. They also used MACCARTY’s cellphone repair store, The Wireless Spot, to purchase a pill press, a powder mixer, and “punch dies” used to imprint “Xanax” labels on alprazolam pills.

The defendants laundered more than $2.3 million in proceeds by using the cryptocurrency they received as payment to load pre-paid debit cards, and collectively withdrew more than $1 million from ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey.


Defendant Information

CHESTER ANDERSON, D.O.B. 5/11/1974

Middlesex County, NJ

Charged:

Money Laundering in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony, one count

Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, four counts

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony, four counts

Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count


JARRETTE CODD, D.O.B. 6/10/1977

Middlesex County, NJ

Charged:

Money Laundering in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count

Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count


RONALD MACCARTY, D.O.B. 3/6/1986

Ocean County, NJ

Charged:

Money Laundering in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count

Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count


Source: Manhattan District Attorney