Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man made and sold Xanax pills through encrypted websites in exchange for bitcoin, according to federal authorities.
Matthew Lee Yensan, of 8709 Hidden View Court, is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax), distribution of a controlled substance by means of the internet and possession of firearms to further drug trafficking, according to a recently unsealed indictment. He is being held in the Franklin County jail.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration received a tip in July that Yensan was mass producing Xanax at a storage unit on Gorman Street and sold the drugs on the “dark web,” encrypted sites that are generally known for facilitating illegal activity such as child pornography and human trafficking. DEA agents then followed Yensan for weeks.
According to a recently unsealed application for a forfeiture warrant, postal inspectors intercepted a package headed to Yensan’s home in September and found it to contain 3 pounds of “high-grade marijuana.” When agents tried to deliver the package, Yensan fled from his