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Chandler man convicted of distributing drugs over ‘darkish internet’

Jason Arnold is one of three defendants from Chandler who was accused of promoting unlawful drugs over the “dark web.”

CHANDLER, Ariz. — A Chandler tattoo shop owner was not too long ago sentenced to seven years in jail for distributing unlawful drugs on the “dark web,” officers say.

Jason Keith Arnold, 46, was ordered to spend seven years in jail after he was convicted of conspiring to distribute heroin and methamphetamine on-line, based on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of California.

Arnold and two co-defendants from Chandler operated accounts on a web site that existed on an encrypted half of the web, also referred to as the “dark web.”

Prosecutors say the defendants carried out 1000’s of transactions via these accounts by accepting cryptocurrency. They then distributed the narcotics out of Chandler in packages made to appear to be they contained sweet. 

The drug gross sales generated as much as $350,000 for the defendants. 

Arnold is listed as being related to a tattoo store that operated close to Alma School Road and Erie Street in Chandler, public data present.

ABC15 interviewed Arnold in 2017 after gunshots have been fired close to his tattoo store. Arnold advised the information station he felt the bullets have been meant for his business.

One of Arnold’s co-defendants was sentenced earlier this year to spend 11 years in jail. The different defendant remains to be litigating their case in courtroom.

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