Kevin Campbell, a 47-year-old Chicago Army veteran and former Silk Road drug vendor, has been sentenced to six years in prison.
The sentence comes in connection with the overdose and subsequent death of Jordan Mettee, a Bellevue computer programmer who worked at Microsoft.
Campbell received the sentence last week from U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour and has been relocated to a prison institution.
How it all Started
The founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, successfully created a huge underground marketplace which at its peak entertained more than 4,000 vendors and hundreds of thousands of customers, from Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S.
The website helped facilitate deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, ranging in everything from drugs such as heroin and cocaine to fake passports and even contract killings.
Campbell was one of those vendors, dealing in drugs like marijuana, heroin, steroids and diet pills.
In 2013, Campbell mailed 2 grams of heroin to Mettee, including a large quantity of the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax.
The delivery was cleverly concealed inside a DVD case of the movie “Godsend.”
The Fatal Shot
A friend came by Mettee’s apartment after he failed to show up for work.
He then found Mettee lying unconscious on his desk.
His body was technically still alive, but the 300 milligram shot of heroin, which he had cooked and injected earlier, had stopped his lungs and thus cut off the oxygen supply to his brain.
His family had to later make the horrible, but inevitable decision to terminate his life support.
After the 27-year-old software engineer had received and injected the “china white” heroin, Campbell emailed him about 30 minutes later but Mettee’s condition had worsened over time.
The Silk Road website was still opened on his computer.
The heroin alone had cost $300, but all the drugs in the package cost a total of $1,100.
Five More Lives Lost
Mettee’s death was not the only one connected to the Silk Road.
There were five other drug-related deaths, but federal prosecutors focused on his case to prosecute Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road—better known online as the “Dread Pirate Roberts.”
Having made millions from the Silk Road, Ulbricht was sentenced to life imprisonment.
So began the manhunt for Mettee’s drug dealer.
Campbell was known on the Silk Road as PTandRnR.
A DVD cover found near Mettee’s body was dusted for prints after law enforcement officers determined that the drugs were delivered in DVD cases.
Campbell’s prints were then identified on the case and an investigation was launched.
He had continued to deal drugs to his customers, including sending 120 Xanax pills to an undercover agent in Colorado.
Law enforcement obtained a warrant in May 2014 and conducted a search of his Chicago home, yielding enough evidence to prosecute him.
Campbell had joined the Army at the age of 18 and served in Iraq.
After being honorably discharged in 1992, he fell into a life of drug use and dealing.
He was arrested for dealing crack cocaine in the late 1990s and continued dealing following his prison release.
After his home was raided in 2014 and he was arrested, Campbell then learned of the overdose death of his former customer, Jordan Mettee.
Remorse and Punishment
While he was detained, Campbell wrote a letter to Mettee’s mother, expressing his remorse for what had happened to her son.
He pleaded guilty in February and received his sentence last Tuesday.
Investigations revealed that Campbell did not typically sell heroin until his sale to Mettee.
The start of his prison term is upcoming, and the judge has also ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following his imprisonment.