Man admits to selling heroin over the web; drugs tied to Bellevue death
SEATTLE -- A man prosecutors say sold heroin and prescription drugs through the dark web has pleaded guilty to drug charges.
Kevin Campbell, 47, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to distributing controlled substances. Prosecutors describe Campbell as a drug treatment worker from Chicago.
A 27-year-old Bellevue man died after taking medications and shooting up heroin bought from Campbell, prosecutors say.
“This case is an outrage and a tragedy at the same time,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in a statement. “What allowed this defendant to work at a drug treatment center with people in the grips of addiction, and at the same time peddle dangerous drugs across the country via the dark web? The heroin this defendant sold killed one of his customers. At sentencing we will ask the Court for a sentence that reflects that fact.”
Court records say emergency crews went to a Bellevue home in August 2013. Jordan Mettee, 27 was found unconscious in the bedroom. In front him on the computer was a "Silk Road" website that is a black market for illegal goods and services are sold.
Court records show Campbell was a drug dealer on the site, sending prescription drugs, heroin and other substances to customers who paid via bitcoin.
Drugs were delivered in DVD cases.
A DVD case fund near Mettee's body had Campbell's fingerprint on it, prosecutors said.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors can ask for up to ten years in prison when Campbell is sentence May 9, 2017.