Teen Arrested for Buying LSD on Empire Market

A federal grand jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, returned an indictment against a 19-year-old for ordering drugs from vendors on Empire Market and reselling them to local customers as well as to other members of his alleged drug trafficking organization.

In August 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package addressed to Anthony Byrnes in Huntersville, North Carolina. Customs suspected the package contained LSD, according to the criminal complaint. The Huntersville Police Department (HPD) took possession of the package for further investigation. On August 7, 2019, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of the package. After investigators had observed Byrnes carry the package into his house, they executed a search warrant at the address.

Anthony Byrnes

Anthony Byrnes

During execution of the search warrant, authorities found MDMA, codeine syrup, marijuana, THC Wax, LSD, approximately $10,000, a Glock 19, and a Taurus G2C. Byrnes had the drugs, guns, and cash stored in his bedroom as well as in a safe in his bedroom. Byrnes provided authorities with the combination to the safe. They then arrested the 19-year-old and Mirandized him. The interview went well for law enforcement; Byrnes told them that he had been purchasing narcotics from vendors on Empire Market. He admitted using Bitcoin for purchases on the market as well as using Snapchat to discuss the drug trafficking operation with his co-conspirators.

Per the criminal complaint:

Throughout these conspiracies, Byrnes visited multiple Bitcoin ATMs in Charlotte, NC and made numerous transactions on behalf of the DTO, ranging between $2,000 (USD) to $9,000 (USD) per transaction. Byrnes also admitted using the “Snapchat” phone application to communicate with co-conspirators. The Snapchat phone application was located on his cell phone. Law enforcement determined this cellphone was used to facilitate drug trafficking and money laundering activity. Law enforcement submitted the seized narcotics for further lab examination. Lab results revealed approximately 11.90 grams of D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), a Schedule I controlled substance, among other controlled substances, were seized within Byrnes’ bedroom. Law enforcement investigation also revealed the aforementioned Glock 19 handgun, and Taurus G2C handgun were possessed in furtherance of this drug trafficking activity. Law enforcement’s investigation revealed that Byrnes trafficked the aforementioned narcotics, with firearms, from his residence.

Byrnes allegedly had drugs, guns, and cash in his room

Byrnes allegedly had drugs, guns, and cash in his room

Byrnes is currently in federal custody facing drug trafficking conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute LSD; possession with intent to distribute Psilocin; possession with intent to distribute DMT; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Two of the charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of ten years in prison and the firearm charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of five years in prison.

Criminal Complaint: pdf, html

Comments

lol?

“Lab results revealed approximately 11.90 grams of D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD),”

Thats worth about $500,000 alone. These articles are fucking shit.

OK buddy

In reply to lol?

Chapman v. United States, 500 U.S. 453

Kay

So stupid if dung that well why not move it to stash house plus safe is worse place because they wlwYs want to check that. Should this in in old storage set and use safe as decoy or bought another safe buried it in grind somewhere else but hut he he was 19

Pap

What are those 3 pill bags?

NoName

You think GG for the L?

265

In reply to NoName

Pack shipped from Slovenia. Not sure if that matches.

what

11.90 grams of D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), a Schedule I controlled substancethat is literally like 400k wtf? urm that aint right?

BarsBars

They are bars probably flu or RC

notimportant

Quote from the Justice dot gov indictment.

“The indictment also alleges a previous infraction in April 2019, wherein law enforcement recovered additional narcotics and a firearm. In total, three firearms and approximately $13,800 in cash were recovered from Byrnes’ residence in this investigation.”

This dude got popped and then kept ordering international. Not very smart. Take notice.

Frosty

They weigh the blotters the lsd is in and charge you for the overall weight. The same if you dump crystal drugs in Sprite can they will charge you the whole weight of the liquid in the can.

anon

  1. Don’t order internationally 2) Don’t sign for packages

Loser!

frosty looking ass

He could've ordered pure crystal.

pressure

this was so easy to avoid if he wouldve just denied the package

FrostyNugs

No chance it's crystal. They just charged him for the weight of the paper as alluded to above. Here is the aforementioned case where the US courts said that's acceptable for the pigs to do such a thing. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/112605/chapman-v-united-states/

The most painful line

"The interview went well for law enforcement;" - Guess who it DID NOT go well for! Ordering weight to his house with HANDGUNS in the residence, he def looks like a thugged out mfker that needs to adds gun charges to selling DN drugs. RIP to this poor bastard, 19 years old and fucked for life.

no half steppin

lmao opsec not found

DefNo Mylar

I have gotten LSD from empire, and the person felt no need for mylar given the measurments of strips/sheets/gels etc. I bet you $10000000 this kid was ordering mass quantities without any mylar protection, I got one pack without mylar and flushed that shit immediately and blasted the vendor. Why didnt thery catch his mdma, clearly much bigger and easier to spot? because mdma ALWAYS comes in mylar unless you are an assclown

Windows

Fucking idiot.

  1. Don’t order internationally
  2. Don’t store drugs in your own house
  3. Don’t use bitcoin in 2020
  4. Don’t order to your own house
  5. Don’t use fucking Snapchat to sell drugs

Low hanging fruit like this deserves to be caught by law enforcement.

Windows

Fucking idiot.

  1. Don’t order internationally
  2. Don’t store drugs in your own house
  3. Don’t use bitcoin in 2020
  4. Don’t order to your own house
  5. Don’t use fucking Snapchat to sell drugs

Low hanging fruit like this deserves to be caught by law enforcement.

korengali

Boys and Girls if youre going to sell drugs like your favorite sound cloud artist dont be as stupid as this pretty boi, whos about to get turnt in the big yard. Anyone buying from this dude on the street could have bought from a market prob cheaper as well. if youre going to deal you better have every t crossed and i dotted.

meth4dead666

meth4dead selling meth and the journlistic community dont go hand in hand

Juan don

11grams of lsd...I highly doubt that.they must of weighed the paper it was on

Detective Jack Mehauff

Repeat after me-If you buy from the deep web and you are dumb enough to send it to your own house you need to wait to open the package. Do i reely need to ecksplain why this is neccessary?

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