Waterloo man pleads guilty in internet drug conspiracy

Man faces up to 20 years in federal prison

Trish Mehaffey
Published: February 10 2014 | 5:20 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:27 am in

A Waterloo man involved in an internet drug conspiracy pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.

Adam Lawin, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy or “Molly.”

According to a plea agreement, Lawin admitted that he obtained the drug by utilizing the highly encrypted drug trafficking marketplace website, Silk Road. Lawin also admitted he protected himself from detection by law enforcement by having the packages delivered to friends or acquaintances, and paying those individuals a nominal fee, either a small amount of the drug or cash, for delivering the packages to him.

During a search of Lawin’s Waterloo home April 26, 2013, law enforcement seized more than 1.3 kilograms of ecstasy, according to court documents.  During earlier searches, officers had seized over 250 grams to be delivered for Lawin.

Sentencing hasn't been set at this time. Lawin remains in custody pending sentencing. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release following his prison term.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Chatham and was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Securities Investigations, and the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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