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Madison man used dark web to traffic drugs

Joseph William Davis was sentenced to more than ten years in prison.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2018 10:06 AM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 4:17 PM

A Madison man who law enforcement says used the dark web to traffic drugs online was sentenced on Wednesday to 126 months in federal prison.

Joseph William Davis, 26, was sentenced for distributing, possessing with intent to distribute and conspiring to distribute or to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth, more than 40 grams of fentanyl, nearly 3 grams of cocaine and more than 80,000 units of Alprazolam, according to the Department of Justice.

Davis is known on the dark web as "OlympusXans," or "OX." He pled guilty in August to conspiracy to traffic drugs and to possessing firearms in "furtherance of drug trafficking," a statement from the Department of Justice says. He used encrypted internet chats to arrange for illegal drugs to be delivered to Madison County addresses through U.S. Mail.

“The successful prosecution of Joseph Davis is a direct result of outstanding partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement,” the DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge, Brad Byerley, said. “It should put others who engage in this type of activity on notice: if you sell drugs, whether on the street corner or online on the dark web, you will face federal charges and a lengthy prison sentence. This sentence in federal prison sends a message of our unending resolve to pursue drug traffickers who wreak havoc in our communities.”

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