A Dutch national has plead guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges, admitting that he was one of the leaders of a conspiracy that developed and operated a secret, on-line narcotics marketplace known as the “The Farmer's Market” that sold controlled substances such as LSD, “ecstasy” and marijuana to thousands of customers around the world.
Marc Peter Willems, 45, of the Netherlands, plead guilty to two federal charges – conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money.
Willems was one of eight defendants charged in relation to The Farmer’s Market in April 2012 as the result of an investigation called Operation “Adam Bomb.”
“Adam Bomb” was a two-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration that uncovered The Farmer’s Market, which was an international drug ring that attempted to operate in secret by using the TOR network, IP anonymizers and covert currency transactions.
The encrypted TOR network allows websites and electronic mail communications to completely mask IP address information by spreading communications over a series of computers, or relays, located throughout the world.
The Farmer’s Market accepted payments for illegal drug sales through Western Union, Pecunix, PayPal and I-Golder.
Willems was sentenced to 120 months in the US. December 11,2014.
On February 3,2016 Marc Willems BOP. Reg.number #67557-112 was successfully treaty transferred back to the Netherlands.(1)
Online drugs dealer has US jail term cut by Dutch judges.
June 22, 2016
A Dutch national sentenced to 10 years in jail by the US for selling drugs via the internet has had his sentence cut to 6.5 years by judges in the Netherlands.
Marc Willems, a former soldier, was arrested along with seven others in 2012 for selling LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and other drugs to some 3,000 customers in 34 countries.
Willems and the others were arrested after American undercover police bought drugs via the online shop The Farmers Market, which ran on a hidden Tor network. He was arrested at his home in Lelystad and deported to the US to face charges at the beginning of 2014, where he was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Willems was then sent back to the Netherlands to serve his sentence, under an agreement reached with the US authorities.
Judges in Utrecht have now reduced the sentence to 6.5 years. Given the time he has already spent in jail and time off for good behavior, Willems will be released in early August.
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