MERCED MAN KNOWN AS CALICONNECT ON DARKWEBS BUSTED FOR SELLING MORE THAN $14 MILLION IN DRUGS OVER ONE YEAR

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A search of past arrests shows Burchard has been arrested for 2 DUI’s since 2015 and a public intoxication arrest last month.

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MERCED, CA – Ryan Burchard, a 38-year-old Merced man was been arrested this past Monday for allegedly creating his own “Silk Road”. A once lucrative darkweb site where anyone could order any number of drugs and other illegal items. Burchard was allegedly tracked to thousands of transactions totaling more than $14 million dollars and spanning over a year long investigation by the Department of Justice.

Burchard is alleged in documents to have set up transactions for marijuana and cocaine on different dark web marketplaces, using an untraceable type of currency known as bitcoin. Agora and Alphabay are two other dark-web marketplaces he is alleged to have made transactions through.

Various locations around the valley were used to send packages to the East Coast for higher profits. When Burchard was taken into custody, authorities also seized several computers, and cars. Authorities also located shipping boxes, a trash bag of marijuana and articles of clothing with the Burchard’s “Caliconnect” logo on them. Caliconnect was registered to Burchard at

3702 Duke Court on 06/23/2014 but was abandoned or never responded to to complete the filing in May of 2015.
“Sending marijuana certainly to states like Texas, Florida, Virginia and New York where it is not legal for profit, is good old fashioned drug trafficking”, says U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
The case has been scheduled for a grand jury hearing.
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