Packages and packages of illegal drugs.. Cocaine and marijuana sent to buyers nationwide via post offices in the valley.
Investigators from the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, the U-S Postal Service and the IRS had been looking at Burchard’s alleged business dealing for a year. They say he mailed packages of drugs from post offices in Merced and Clovis to customers in 13 states. They say he was a major narcotics vendor on-line and reached his customers using the Dark Web and On-line sale sites that are difficult to trace.
Investigators say Burchard conducted thousands of illegal drug transactions on websites including The Silkroad which was shut down by Federal Law Enforcement in 2013. His sales totaled more than 1-point-4 million dollars– with payments received in the digital currency called Bitcoin.
Court documents show when Burchard was taken into custody, officers seized multiple computers, cars, shipping boxes, and a trash bag full of marijuana. And while his alleged business is now closed, authorities say their work is far from done. According to Homeland Security Special Agent Ryan Spradlin, “As we speak, countless digital currency transactions are taking place to purchase illicit merchandise using online black markets that have been created to avoid law enforcement.”