Silk Road drug dealer sentenced to five years in prison

A 40-year-old Bellevue, Washington man was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs on underground marketplace the Silk Road.

Steven Sadler sold close to a million dollars' worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine over the now shut-down site, a Department of Justice press release states. Sadler began his operation, under the screen name “Nod,” in 2012 and delivered drugs through the mail.

He sold as much as $70,000 worth of cocaine every month, and when police searched his home, they discovered more than a kilogram of cocaine and heroin each, as well as 400 grams of methamphetamine. Sadler also had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol hidden beneath his bedroom mattress.

He will be forfeiting a 2007 BMW 525 and $4,200 cash, which was seized the day the search warrants were served.

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