BROCKTON — A Brockton man who pleaded guilty in June to his role in manufacturing and selling 19 kilograms of MDMA and other drugs on the dark web will spend more than two years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Allante Pires, 25, was sentenced last week to 28 months in prison and three years on probation. He will also have to give up his Mercedes sedan.
Pires was caught up in an investigation into a Brockton-based drug trafficking organization in which more than 19 kilograms of MDMA, seven kilograms of ketamine and nearly a kilogram of cocaine were seized along with more than 10,000 counterfeit Xanax pills .
According to the US Attorney’s Office, Pires was arrested and charged in 2019 along with his co-conspirators Binh Thanh Le and Steven McCall.
Le was the leading pharmaceutical organization that created and operated a vendor site called “EastSideHigh” on the Dark Web marketplaces.
The Dark Web is an anonymous part of the Internet where many illegal goods and services are bought and sold.
Through the Dark Web market, Le ordered bulk quantities of drugs like cocaine, MDMA or ecstasy, ketamine and Xanax from foreign sources.
With the help of Pires and McCall, Le then processed and manufactured the controlled substances in a rented office in Stoughton.
The men received orders and payments in Bitcoin before sending drugs to customers across the United States, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Authorities seized several kilograms of drugs, including nearly 20 kilograms of MDMA, nearly seven kilograms of ketamine, approximately one kilogram of cocaine and more than 10,000 counterfeit Xanax tablets during the drug seizure.
They also found a computer with the “EastSideHigh” vendor page open, numerous packages containing MDMA and ketamine, various shipping and packaging materials, and a pill press.
Le was sentenced in March to eight years in prison and three years of probation.
He was also ordered to confiscate over 59 bitcoins worth over $1.1 million along with $114,680 in cash.
McCall pleaded guilty to his role in organizing the drugs in June 2022 and is expected to be sentenced on September 28.
Top 10 Costliest Crash Locations In Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation collected data between 2017 and 2019 that shows the worst places to drive in the event of costly crashes.
How Much in America: From Guns to Ghost Towns
Can you guess the number of public schools in the United States? Do you have any idea how many billionaires might reside there? Read on to find out, and learn a thing or two about the cultural significance and legacy of each of these selections along the way.