Teen Arrested for Buying LSD on Empire Market

~2 min read | Published on 2020-03-20, tagged ArrestedDarkWebDrug-BustDrugs using 446 words.

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

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 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 (35)


"Lab results revealed approximately 11.90 grams of D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)," Thats worth about $500,000 alone. These articles are fucking shit.


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


What are those 3 pill bags?


You think GG for the L?


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


They are bars probably flu or RC


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.


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.


1) Don't order internationally 2) Don't sign for packages Loser!

frosty looking ass2020-03-21

He could've ordered pure crystal.


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


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 line2020-03-22

"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 steppin2020-03-23

lmao opsec not found

DefNo Mylar2020-03-23

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


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.


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.


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.


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

Juan don2020-03-29

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

Detective Jack Mehauff2020-04-02

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?


Why is ordering to your own home bad? I thought this is the recommended best practice because it looks hella sketchy otherwise.

Camarillo Brillo2020-04-04

For personal use amounts domestic it still is the best practice to use a real name at a real residence. (doesn't necessarily have to be your own) They know all the Mailboxes etc type places. Don't think you've got them fooled because you have what looks like a residential address. The USPS knows where every address is located. If you're ordering bulk for resale I can't advise. I'm an End User, not a profiteer.


Obviously get a separate house to deliver with different name. Have cameras around house to monitor suspicious vehicles usually not in area Before picking up package. Basically don’t be fking lazy. You only get one chance.


I doubt the LE knew he was getting it on the DNM's they probably knew beforehand from a syreet level snapchat snitch and busted him for the package just to build a stronger case. Notice no one knows "how" he actually got caught.


@ Camarillo Brillo good advise thanks


Damn bro is fucked


DAMN! i had a pending order for LSD (internationl), after reading this i felt like am reading about my future self; which is not so bad actually lol. tho am still willing to take my chance, i'm just gonna be more careful about it.


this is what happens when you watch one too many drug dealer movies.


how would you buy things on the deep web safely, i'm looking at buying digital products like credit cards and carding packages, can anyone give me tips to make sure i don't fuck up.


How do i order lsd online safely wo being caught


so im just gonna say this right now that , dont be scared to order to your house as long as you are NOT buying bulk and make sure its domestic dont bother international unless!! in europe then sure but if in the us or au or any country not close by too other countries STICK TO DOMESTIC


take care bud


ayyyye when i see that cd ima slide

dumb bitch2020-08-27

even bulk doesn't matter when shipping domestically to your own house. this retard was shipping INTERNATIONALLY and had TWO packages intercepted by CUSTOMS. they handed off to local law enforcement and they watched him/CD'd him and boom there goes his life and the chump change he made because he was retarded. he had stupid low prices shipping international but no amount of money would ever make me turn my back on SAFETY first. dude was stupid. read and learn people.