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A Tip About Huge ATM Withdrawals Led to the Dark Web - Page 2

At least 420K counterfeit Xanax tablets were seized
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2019 9:13 AM CDT

  • Where the ATMs came in: The men allegedly laundered some $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using it to load pre-paid debit cards, which they then used to get cash from ATMs. The New York Times reports Vance's office got a tip in 2017, when it was told that in addition to huge amounts being withdrawn around the city, some transactions were done at a teller machine capable of converting cryptocurrency to cash. A two-year investigation followed.
  • Prosecutors allege Anderson is the ringleader and say his Asbury Park, NJ, cellphone store doubled as a drug factory outfitted with two industrial power mixers and four pill presses each capable of pumping out 16,000 pills per hour. They allege Anderson tried to conceal his activity using rental cars, hotels, and a GPS jamming device.
  • NBC News reports the men allegedly used the addresses of New York City law offices and real estate firms as the return addresses on their shipments.
  • The men face charges of conspiracy and money laundering; Anderson was also charged with drug trafficking and identity theft. They have all pleaded not guilty.
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