Recently on 4th August, a 45-year-old Missouri individual has pleaded guilty to the charges associated with his trying to purchase chemical weapons on the dark web using $150 USD in Bitcoin [BTC].
Jason William Siesser admitted in United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri that he attempted to pay $52 USD in Bitcoin [BTC] per vial of an anonymous chemical weapon on two occasions within the summer of 2018.
Prosecutors said the “highly toxic chemical” was potent enough to “kill approximately 300 persons” at the levels Siesser sought, which he had told the vendor he planned to use them imminently.
Siesser, whom FBI agents detained within minutes of the package’s arrival in late August 2018, also admitted on Tuesday to identity fraud. He had had the package sent to a juvenile living at his address “because [Siesser] didn’t want to urge in trouble if the acquisition was traced to him,” the plea deal stated.
The package that Siesser ultimately received contained an inert substance, not a chemical weapon. Even so, agents found a potentially deadly trio – cadmium arsenide, cadmium metal and hydrochloric acid – at Siesser’s Missouri residence.
Siesser faces a minimum of 5 year sentence, consistent with a recent official press-release published from the Department of Justice.