Drug dealers are increasingly using the Internet to find customers. A Dark Web dealer shipped close to 1,700 packages of heroin and meth across the USA in just a year. The 52-year-old Washington State man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to shopping drugs all over the country.

“This defendant was busily sending packages of powerful and deadly drugs out into our communities as often as twice a day,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran. “He posted on the dark web that his drugs were powerful and potentially deadly, but even with that knowledge he had no hesitation sending them to addicts he knew only by their screen name and address.”

Between June of 2018 and June of 2019, he posted for-sale ads for black tar heroin and crystal methamphetamine, saying the drugs were “not for beginners.”

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The U.S Postal Service and the FBI investigated the case and discovered the suspect and his wife living in an extended-stay hotel surrounded by heroin they had for sale.

The case is a reminder to parents that it’s easier than ever for kids to obtain drugs without ever leaving the house.

Well-known therapist, Dr. Laura Berman, announced last month that her 16-year-old son had died of a drug overdose after connecting with a drug dealer on Snapchat.

“My beautiful boy is gone. 16 years old. Sheltering at home,” Berman began an emotional Instagram on Monday. “A drug dealer connected with him on Snapchat and gave him fentinyl (sic) laced Xanax and he overdosed in his room… My heart is completely shattered and I am not sure how to keep breathing.”

During COVID-19 lockdowns, drug dealers have increasingly turned to social media and messaging platforms to find customers. Technology has expanded their reach from their neighborhood to the entire world.

Parents should carefully monitor online activity including games that feature messaging capabilities.