David Ryan Burchard, a 38 year old man from Merced, California, was recently arrested last Monday and is accused of distributing marijuana and cocaine throughout the United States using several darknet markets including the Silk Road, Agora, Abraxas, and AlphaBay under the moniker “Caliconnect”. Federal authorities estimate that the total worth of every transaction made by Caliconnect is $1.43 million.
This investigation involved several agencies and people including the:
- S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)
- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
- Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation
- S. Postal Inspection Service
- Fresno Police Department
- Trial Attorney Anitha Ibrahim of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section
It all started early last year on March 2015 when HSI agent Matthew Larsen began investigating Burchard for “his sale of millions of dollars of Bitcoins to an unlicensed digital currency exchanger.”
March 18, 2015
Surveillance was conducted on his residence and vehicle via GPS. The surveillance revealed Burchard mailed a few parcels at a post office.
March 20, 2015
Surveillance footage was obtained by Postal Inspector Jessica Burger which showed a man that looked like Burchard mailing the parcels. Burger confirmed that was Burchard when she was shown a picture of him, and not only that, but she recognized him from a previous