West Virginian Admits Buying Drugs on the Darkweb

West Virginian Admits Buying Drugs on the Darkweb

A West Virginia man pleaded guilty to importing and reselling drugs purchased through the darkweb.

According to court documents, 42-year-old Joshua Lee Parsons of West Virginia admitted to purchasing a wide variety of drugs, including methamphetamine and heroin, on the darkweb. Parsons resold the drugs locally.

The investigations that resulted in Parsons’ arrest began on February 24, 2021, after the United States Customs and Border Protection at the John F. Kennedy International Mail Center in New York intercepted a suspicious incoming package addressed to Parsons’ residence. When opening the package, the customs officers found 49 grams of heroin.

A picture of Joshua Lee Parsons | @WVMugshots

Joshua Lee Parsons | @WVMugshots

The investigators subsequently made a controlled delivery of the package to Parsons’ home on March 8, 2021. After making the delivery, the investigators executed a search warrant at the residence. The search resulted in the seizure of various drugs, including approximately 66 grams of methamphetamine packaged in 103 separate packages. The investigators also found and seized a loaded handgun.

Parsons confessed in the interview that followed his arrest and told the investigators wanted to resell the methamphetamine found in his possession. Parsons also told the investigators that he had placed another order on the darkweb and was expecting to receive a methamphetamine package. The investigators intercepted the package on March 15, 2021, and seized approximately 223 grams of methamphetamine.

On March 17, 2022, Parsons pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He will be sentenced on June 30, 2022, and will face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.


[DNL: In addition to LEOs from Homeland Security Investigations, the USPIS, and state police, members of the West Virginia National Guard Reconnaissance and Aerial Interdiction Detachment assisted in the execution of a search warrant at Parsons’ house. Seems atypical for such a unspectacular case.]

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