Dark web drug dealer sentenced to nearly two decades in prison

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An online drug dealer was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison Thursday for peddling powerful narcotics on the dark web, authorities announced.

Richard Castro, 37, headed a conspiracy that sold fentanyl, a narcotic that’s 50 times stronger than heroin, and carfentanil, which is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.

Castro, using the moniker Chemsusa peddled the dangerous narcotics on the dark web site, Dream Market.

Buyers left feedback that included “Extremely potent and definitely the real Carf.” And “The Carfent is unbelievably well synthesized, keep up the amazing work.”

Customers paid for the drugs in bitcoin, and Castro laundered the proceeds, in part, by buying approximately 100 quadrillion Zimbabwe banknotes.

As part of the sentence, Castro must forfeit $4,156,198.18, officials said.

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