A Derby Toyota employee was caught after drugs he bought on dark net were intercepted when they arrived at Heath row Airport.
Adam Yates bought cocaine, ecstasy, and ketamine on the now defunct Silk Road and then sold them to a woman the court heard to be named Leah.
28 year old Yates’ attorney, Baz Bhattia, said his client was of previous, strong, good character, and turned to dealing drugs after a previous relationship had ended badly. The Border agency intercepted a package of ecstasy tablets at Heathrow Airport that were addressed to Yates in Feb. of 2014 and an investigation began.
Derbyshire police would not say exactly how it was discovered he was buying the drugs on the dark net. “He was using an Internet site called The Silk Road and on occasions it appears he was selling to more than one person based on the text message information we have seen,” said Judge Robert Egbuna. At his first hearing Yates plead guilty to possession with intent to supply MDMA between Dec. 2011 and August 2014. He offered to supply cocaine between March 2013 and June 2014 and offered to supply class B Ketamine in June 2014.
At his sentencing on April 13th, 2016 Yates was given a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years by a different judge, after hearing how he has turned his life around since he was arrested in 2014. Recorder Ciaran Rankin said “ The background to this is that in February 2014 a package was intercepted at Heathrow Airport that contained 50 ecstasy tablets. A mobile phone and computer were all seized and that brought evidence that he had been dealing drugs for some considerable time, from December 2011 all the way up to August 2014. But I have read references that say he is now a trustworthy and reliable person who has no previous convictions. I have also read a letter from him where he stated that he was very disappointed in himself and his actions.”
Silk Road was one of a number of black market sites where members bought and sold all kinds of illegal goods. It was the first modern dark net market and was best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs. In February 2013, an Australian cocaine and ecstasy dealer became the first person to be convicted of crimes directly relating to Silk Road, after law enforcement intercepted drugs that were being imported through he mail, searched his home, and discovered his on line alias.
Steve Holme, Derbyshire police drug tsar, said “Despite the closing of Silk Road, there were an estimated 70 other similar sites in operation world wide that conducted business in the same way.
Bhattia, speaking for Yates, told his sentencing hearing at Derby Crown Court “This is an unusual case with an unusual set of circumstances and from 2014 there is evidence to support my client has completely changed his life around. His temporary job is now permanent and he has a mortgage.”