A Bellevue man who sold cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine on the now-shuttered Silk Road online marketplace was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
A Bellevue man and prolific seller of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine on the now-shuttered “Silk Road” online marketplace was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Steven Sadler, 40, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs. Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said he sold nearly $1 million dollars’ worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine to people who ordered the drugs over the Internet via the Silk Road site.
Federal authorities shut down Silk Road in 2013.
The black-market drug bazaar allowed people to buy and sell drugs anonymously using virtual currency. Sadler shipped the drugs through the mail.
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His co-defendant, Jenna White, pleaded guilty in March 2014.
They were arrested in October 2013 after investigators asked postal clerks in SeaTac to be on the lookout for a woman identified in surveillance video as being associated with suspect packages.
Police found drugs, a handgun and $4,200 at their Bellevue condominium. Sadler forfeited the cash as well as his BMW.