Man Imported Ecstasy Pills Via The Silk Road Site Imprisoned

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Hayden Ross Bacon, aged 22, a residence of Hamilton has been sentenced to two years and seven months behind bars by the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday. The man had pleaded guilty last month to one of the representative cases in which he was accused of importing ecstasy drug. He was further charged with supplying the drug together with the importation of a psychoactive drug substance. MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) popularly known as Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that is similar to both hallucinogen mescaline and amphetamine. The drug gives one the feeling of energy, euphoria, empathy towards others, emotional warmth and distortion in time perception and sensory. The drug is illegal in many countries and is sold through the black market.

Auckland District CourtIn Auckland District Court, Bacon pleaded guilty to the charge of being in possession with pseudoephedrine that he intended to supply. The drug is a pharmacy-only drug that is intended for use in relieving congestion in the nose that is caused by allergies, colds and hay fever. The drug is a well-known ingredient used in the manufacture of the drug P. Evidence that was availed to the court indicated that Bacon placed an order of these tablets from the Silk Road website that is currently defunct. A total of twenty of the pills he ordered were sent from Netherlands to New Zealand concealed in a pair of greeting cards. Other eleven were put in an envelope and sent to a different location. He also imported 20 more pills disguised as chewing gum as they were packed in a packet that contained chewing gums.


Judge Robert SpearThe case was presided over by Judge Robert Spear, asserted that the man acquired the drugs with an aim of reselling them in an open market with an aim of making profits. Still from the Silk Road, the man was accused of buying a soluble strip of a psychoactive substance whose nature the court had not yet established. On two other cases, the man was accused of purchasing some HDMA from Hamilton on two other separate cases.

There had been a total of eight importations organized by Bacon involving pseudoephedrine that have been intercepted by law enforcers between July and October 2013. The court heard that in one of these occasions, Bacon visited a Courier Post depot office and signed for a packet that contained drugs and delivered it to another person. Although the quantity of drugs involved was not established, the court was told that they must have been more than a kilogram.

Bacon’s dealing with the drugs shocked his family, relatives and close friends as they all registered shock when they heard the news. They indicated that he never showed signs of being involved in drug and no one would have suspected him.

When pressing the charges, the judge said that Bacon had made a deliberate decision to use the Silk Road, a website widely known for facilitating the illegal trade, to purchase and supply drugs.