UPDATE: Two Iowa men indicted in Athens "Dark Web" drug case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/6/2018, 4:05 P.M.

On Monday, an Athens County Grand Jury indicted two Iowa men on charges for allegedly selling drugs to Athens, Ohio college students on the Dark Web using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Anthony Scott Boeckholt, 42, of Forest City, Iowa, was indicted on charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree; Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree; and three (3) counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the first degree.

Tyler Strand, 26, of Iowa, was indicted on charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree and Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree.

Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn says Boeckholt and Strand were allegedly part of a drug ring that sold large shipments of drugs to two college students in Athens, Ohio for further distribution in Athens County.

The investigation began when two college students in Athens were arrested for drug trafficking and were questioned.

The students explained to investigators how they used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to purchase drugs on the Dark Web - a collection of secret websites, usually accessible only with special software, that allow users and operators of those websites to remain anonymous and untraceable by law enforcement.

Investigators then reviewed mail and messages sent between the college students and the suspected drug dealer, leading to evidence for search warrants in Iowa and the arrest of Anthony Scott Boeckholt.

Boeckholt is currently incarcerated in Iowa pending extradition to Athens, Ohio. His arraignment will be scheduled once he is in Ohio.

Strand has a nationwide warrant for his arrest and will be arraigned when he is captured.


ORIGINAL STORY: 2/5/2018, 12:24 P.M.

An Iowa man faces drug charges for allegedly selling narcotics to college students in Athens over the Dark Web using Bitcoin.

Athens County Prosecutors say Anthony Scott Boeckholt, 42 of Forest City, Iowa, was arrested on January 29th at his home, and is charged in Athens County with felony Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.

The charge is related to drug activity that Athens County detectives say occurred from January 1, 2016, through January 23, 2018.

The investigation began when two college students in Athens were arrested for drug trafficking and were questioned.

The students explained to investigators how they used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to purchase drugs on the Dark Web - a collection of secret websites, usually accessible only with special software, that allow users and operators of those websites to remain anonymous and untraceable by law enforcement.

Investigators then reviewed mail and messages sent between the college students and the suspected drug dealer, leading to evidence for search warrants in Iowa and the arrest of Anthony Scott Boeckholt.

The Athens County Prosecutors Office says in 2017, at least two Ohio University students overdosed on illegal drugs purchased on the Dark Web.

Boeckholt is currently incarcerated in Iowa awaiting extradition to Athens County.

More charges are expected to be filed against him and other people, as the investigation into this case continues.

Multiple agencies are involved in this investigation and the arrest of Boeckholt, including the Forest City, Iowa Police Department, Iowa State Troopers, Iowa Department of Transportation, U.S. Postal Inspectors, U.S. Marshalls, Winnebago County, Iowa Prosecutor’s Office, Winnebago County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office, Athens County, Ohio Prosecutors Office, Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens Major Crimes Unit.

Anyone in Athens County, Ohio that wants help to recover from drug addiction can call the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office at 740-592-3208.



 
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