Farmer’s Markets are know as places where you can find hard to get items, but this online farmers market may have overstepped how this can be interpreted.
The Los Angeles-based operation was recently taken down by undercover infiltration, resulting in eight arrests on federal charges that they sold more than one million dollars worth of illicit drugs to more than 3,000 customers in 34 countries and all 50 states.
In addition to the arrests, federal officers seized hashish, LSD, and MDMA, as well as an indoor psychotropic mushroom grow and three indoor marijuana grows. One can only imagine what sort of marijuana varieties were sold, and if certain strains, like Jack Herer, were available by name. Apparently, the service accepted Paypal for their sales.
According to LA Weekly, the operation may have gone something like this:
“The on-line marketplaces handled all communications between the sources of supply and customers. For these services, the operators charged a commission based upon the value of the order. Customers of the on-line marketplaces have been identified in every one of the states of the United States and the District of Columbia and in approximately 34 other countries … The on-line marketplaces have multiple sources of supply offering various controlled substances, including LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), fentanyl, mescaline, ketamine, DMT, and high-end marijuana. Between January 2007 and October 2009 alone, defendants … processed approximately 5,256 on-line orders for controlled substances valued at approximately $1,041,244 via the on-line controlled substances marketplaces.
The defendants face the possibility of life in prison.