Two Yemeni citizens who resided in Brooklyn, New York were arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine via Alphabay on August 11th of last year. The two Alphabay vendors, Abdullah Al Maswali (31) and Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq (24), transacted under the names “Area51” and “Dark Apollo.”
The sneaky drug vendors were hit with a Trojan Horse after undercover agents purchased Heroin from the group. Initial analysis showed the encrypted email addresses used by the duo were tied to genuine social media accounts, and helped build their case.
New updates in the case produced by US Customs, DEA and other agencies show both Farooq and Maswali pled guilty to conspiring to traffic heroin. In the plea agreement by Farooq, he admitted to transacting approximately 640 grams of Heroin on Alphabay for $145,807. Both parties could be sentenced to up to twenty years in prison along with a one-million dollar fine. Court proceedings are expected continue later this month.