US District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Maryland resident Russell Ramseur, aka “Bestman365” to seven years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess at least one kilogram of heroin with the intent to distribute it and for Bethitz’s account. followed by five years in custody.
The verdict was passed by the Acting US Attorney for the Maryland District Erek L. Barron, Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office, Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel A. Adame of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division and Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget announced by the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division.
According to Ramseur’s confessional agreement, Ramseur was registered as a seller on a darknet marketplace from at least April 2014 to December 2015, selling heroin to the general public under the username “BESTMAN365”. Ramseur took orders for heroin on the darknet marketplace and received payments from customers in Bitcoin. Ramseur and his co-conspirators packaged and shipped the heroin from Capitol Heights, Maryland, to customers across the United States.
During the investigation, law enforcement agencies intercepted or received at least nine packages of heroin in the mail.
On December 14, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant on the home of one of Ramseur’s employees in Greenbelt, Maryland. During the search, law enforcement officers seized $ 13,000 of cash in a vault, which Ramseur said was the proceeds of his heroin distribution.
On the darknet marketplace where Ramseur was selling heroin, customers could rate the sellers. In 2015, the investigators compared the offers for heroin from BESTMAN365 with the subsequent customer reviews. Based on this comparison, and the length of the drug trafficking conspiracy, Ramseur admitted that it was reasonably foreseeable that Ramseur and his co-conspirators would have between one and three Markilog denatrams of heroin.