A man from Corsicana has pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy for selling cocaine and heroin over the dark web.

According to a press release from the United States Justice Department, Aaron Brewer, 39, was arrested on July 2 after authorities found a ledger outlining 757 drug shipments sent to 609 unique addresses between December 2019 and March 2020.

The Department of Justice, through the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) team joined Europol to announce the results of Operation DisrupTor, a coordinated international effort to disrupt opioid trafficking on the Darknet.

Brewer now faces up to 20 years in federal prison. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to forfeit a property in Plano, Texas to the government.

“Drug traffickers often believe the anonymity of the darknet will shield them from criminal prosecution. This prosecution proves that’s not the case,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “The Northern District of Texas is committed to finding and stopping dealers wherever they are – whether that’s on the streets or in the dark crevasses of the internet.”

Brewer admitted he created darkweb market vendor accounts in order to sell cocaine, heroin, and other controlled substances online.Brewer’s customers paid him in cryptocurrency, typically bitcoin, and frequently used aliases for shipping. After receiving payment,  Brewer used the U.S. Mail and other shipping services to transmit controlled substances to customers in North Texas and across the country.

Over an 11-month period, he dealt more than 4,000 grams of cocaine and more than 80 grams of black tar heroin, then used the more than $50,000 in proceeds of the illegal activity to pay his mortgage.

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