UPDATE: Iowa man sentenced in Athens County Dark Web drug case

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ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/25/2018, 11:58 A.M.

In May, 2018, Tyler Duane Strand, of Forest City, Iowa, pleaded guilty in Athens County Court to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and money laundering.

An Iowa man is sentenced after pleading guilty to charges related to an Athens County investigation of drug trafficking on the Dark Web using Bitcoin.
Tyler Duane Strand, 26, of Forest City, Iowa, was sentenced on Thursday to 4 years in prison and 3 years of post-release control.
Earlier in May, Strand pleaded guilty in Athens County Common Pleas Court to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and money laundering.
He's one of several people who have pleaded guilty or been charged in the investigation.
Athens County Prosecutors say they used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to buy drugs on the Dark Web.


UPDATE: 3/23/2018, 11:43 A.M.

An Athens man is sentenced on a conspiracy charge, after he and his roommates allegedly sold drugs purchased on the Dark Web using Bitcoin.

Cody Lee Wootton, 21, a former Ohio University student, appeared before Judge George P. McCarthy on Friday, at which time he was convicted of Conspiracy, a felony of the third degree.

Wootton was sentenced to 3 years in an Ohio prison.

Prosecutors say Wootton and another Ohio University student were caught selling narcotics they bought on the dark web, using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The men who sold them those drugs - Anthony Scott Boeckholt, 42, and Tyler Duane Strand, 26, both of Forest City, Iowa - were arrested and were indicted in Athens County Court.

Boeckholt was found guilty on felony charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Money Laundering, and 3 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs.

Boeckholt was sentenced to 10 years in an Ohio prison.

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

Three of Wootton’s roommates, Andrew Kamer, Nicholas Sahagian and David Grimm have been charged with Permitting Drug Abuse.

Connor Brockman, Shannon King and Jonathan McLaughlin were charged with Conspiracy.

Another co-Defendant, Zachary Vaughn is scheduled to appear in the Court of Common Pleas on April 2, 2018.

This case was investigated by the Athens Major Crimes Unit with follow up conducted by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.


UPDATE: 2/26/2018, 4:14 P.M.

An Iowa man was sentenced in Athens County Court on multiple charges for allegedly selling drugs to Ohio University students over the Dark Web using Bitcoin.

On Monday in Athens County Court, Anthony Scott Boeckholt, 42 of Forest City, Iowa, appeared before Judge George P. McCarthy and was found guilty on felony charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Money Laundering, and 3 felony counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs.

Boeckholt was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Ohio State Penal System.

Tyler Duane Strand, 26, of Forest City, Iowa, was also arrested in this case and was indicted in Athens County Court 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.

Prosecutors say Boeckholt and Strand were allegedly part of a drug ring that sold large shipments of drugs to two Ohio University students for further distribution in Athens County.

The investigation began when the two students were arrested for drug trafficking and were questioned.

The students told investigators 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 and Tyler Duane Strand.


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 Duane Strand, 26, of Forest City, 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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