The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced several arrests, charges, and guilty pleas as a result of “Operation Darkness Falls,” a joint operation targeting people and organizations that sell fentanyl and other drugs over the dark net.
According to court documents, Matthew Roberts and Holly Roberts, both 35 and of San Antonio, Texas, were charged earlier this year with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other crimes. The Roberts created and operated several dark net marketplace accounts, including MH4LIFE, TRAPPEDINTIME, FASTFORWARD, and MRHIGH4LIFE. They operated these accounts on dark net marketplace websites including Dream Market, Silk Road, AlphaBay, Darknet Heroes League, Nucleus, and several others. They used these accounts between 2011 and May 12, 2018, to possess and distribute fentanyl, MethoxyAcetylFentanyl (MAF), other fentanyl analogues, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, LSD, marijuana, Xanax, Oxycodone, and other drugs. MH4LIFE had the highest number of verified transactions worldwide of any fentanyl vendor based upon a review of Dream Market.