Vermont man gets 5 years for dark web drug dealing

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont man is going to federal prison for five years for a conviction stemming from the Justice Department's first undercover operation targeting dark web drug sales.

Sam Bent, of St. Johnsbury, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. His cousin, Djeneba Bent, was sentenced to three years of probation.

The Justice Department announced last year that they were among 35 people from across the country charged in its investigation. The darknet is a part of the internet often used by criminals that is hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only through anonymity-providing tools.

The Bents pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to distribute drugs in deals arranged via the dark web and paid for with Bitcoin. The drugs were mailed from post offices in Vermont and northern New Hampshire.

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