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Oregon Man Admits Selling Marijuana and Laundering Bitcoin

An Oregon man admitted selling marijuana on the darkweb and laundering Bitcoin.

Robert Kelly O’Neill, 59, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering. O’Neill’s case, along with many others, came from the investigation conducted as a part of the so-called “Operation Dark Gold.” In January 2016, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) launched a widespread investigation into darkweb vendors, according to announcements from both agencies. During the investigation, HSI and USPIS employees identified a darkweb vendor known as “Gold” who exchanged Bitcoin for cash.

Gold advertised money laundering services wherein darkweb vendors would send Gold Bitcoin and Gold would ship cash to a physical address provided by the vendor. Such a scheme is ripe for infiltration by law enforcement; if they were able to take control of Gold’s accounts, they could passively collect the addresses of darkweb vendors.

Of course, that is exactly what law enforcement did during the operation. In late 2016, HSI investigators identified and arrested Gold. An HSI special agent in New York took control of Gold’s money-laundering operation, including vendor accounts and related profiles. While pretending to be Gold, investigators identified an individual using the alias “Resinate” who routinely used Gold’s services.

A picture of HSI agents loading evidence into a vehicle

HSI took several pictures of themselves loading evidence into a vehicle during Op. Dark Gold.

As a part of Operation Dark Gold, law enforcement agencies had arrested more than 35 individuals by 2018. They had identified 65 targets by the time the US Department of Justice published a press release about the operation. Some of the arrested vendors included:

Resinate had Gold mail cash to several addresses in or around Springfield, Oregon. Records kept by Gold revealed that from between September 2015 and May 2018, Resinate had laundered more than $725,000 in illicit proceeds through Gold. Information obtained towards the end of the investigation revealed that Resinate had laundered $167,000 in Bitcoin through a co-conspirator in Springfield. Additionally, records from Silk Road and Silk Road 2.0 revealed that in 2013 and 2014, Resinate had earned $390,000 in Bitcoin by selling marijuana.

In June 2018, feds executed search warrants at addresses Resinate had given Gold as well as O’Neill’s Springfield residence. O’Neill had a marijuana processing and packaging operation in his garage. Law enforcement officers seized dozens of computers and electronic storage devices from O’Neill’s house. Agents also found handwritten notes identifying O’Neill as Resinate.

A forensic examination of O’Neill’s electronic devices returned Bitcoin wallet addresses, images, and details of O’Neill’s various darkweb marketplace vendor accounts, encrypted emails between O’Neill and the undercover HSI agent, and cryptocurrency wallet backups.

In addition to the electronic and physical evidence, investigators identified and seized more than $21,469 in U.S. currency, six Bitcoin, and 458 Bitcoin Cash.

On September 3, 2021, O’Neill was charged via criminal information with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering. O’Neill waived indictment and entered a guilty plea to both counts. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 26, 2022, before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

Possession with intent to distribute marijuana carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and five years of supervised release. Money laundering the same 20-year maximum prison sentence, as well as a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the laundered property, whichever is greater, and three years of supervised release.

O’Neill agreed to forfeit the U.S. currency, Bitcoin, and Bitcoin cash seized by law enforcement officers during the investigation.

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“While pretending to be Gold, investigators identified an individual using the alias “Resinate” who routinely used Gold’s services.”

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“Additionally, records from Silk Road and Silk Road 2.0 revealed that in 2013 and 2014, Resinate had earned $390,000 in Bitcoin by selling marijuana.”

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" O’Neill had a marijuana processing and packaging operation in his garage. Law enforcement officers seized dozens of computers and electronic storage devices from O’Neill’s house. "

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“O’Neill agreed to forfeit the U.S. currency, Bitcoin, and Bitcoin cash seized by law enforcement officers during the investigation.”

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ea0dd860 Mon, Jan 24, 2022

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c95dd090 Tue, Jan 25, 2022

what is going on in these comments?

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5733f6c0 Tue, Jan 25, 2022

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171bfab0 Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Makes you think… Is ElonMusk, the crypto trader available on all DEX, and DNMarkets has been trading XMR for Cash and visaversa for a solid year almost. That there is a shit ton of intel. I did a trade with them on Whitehouse Marketplace.

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939f4d70 Thu, Feb 3, 2022

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59dedd60 Mon, Jan 31, 2022

How did they ever catch gold and what happened to him? Without gold himself, “operation dark gold” would never have been possible.

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0eb0c830 Mon, Jan 31, 2022

That case is still largely unavailable to the public. I have read through the crim. Information, crim. Complaints, indictments, etc., for every known Dark Gold case and haven’t found anything about Gold. I am not sure if they are keeping it quiet because it is somehow an ongoing investigation or if there is something they don’t want the public to know etc

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b6429230 Mon, Feb 21, 2022

Notice the details are short on GOLD? He never existed. This was a simple infiltration by LE that a ton of vendors never even considered.

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