Dark Web Narcotics Trafficker Pleads Guilty To Laundering More Than $19 Million

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November 6 2019

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HUGH BRIAN HANEY pled guilty in Manhattan federal court today to money laundering charges, based on his attempt to launder the proceeds of a narcotics trafficking operation that HANEY ran on the Dark Web site known as “Silk Road.”  U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff presided over the defendant’s guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Hugh Haney used Silk Road as a means to sell drugs to people all over the world.  Then he laundered more than $19 million in profits through cryptocurrency.  Peddling drugs on the Dark Web does not provide anonymity forever, as Hugh Haney can attest.”