Kane, Pa Man Pleads Guilty to Purchasing Meth on Dark Web

A Kane man accused of buying methamphetamine on the dark web has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Michael C. Anderson, 43, of Kane, pleaded guilty to one count of violating federal drug law, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced on Tuesday. Anderson entered his plea before Senior U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone.

Anderson was accused of buying more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing meth on the dark web. He intended to distribute the drug in the Western District of Pennsylvania, according to the information that was provided to Cercone in connection to the plea.

The one-count indictment filed in 2020 listed the offense date as Aug. 26.

Officials did not indicate if Anderson planned to sell meth in the local area. The Western District of Pennsylvania comprises 25 counties.

Anderson will be sentenced at 2 p.m. Nov. 22. He will remain on bond pending sentencing.

The maximum allowable total sentence for such charges is 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both; however, the actual sentence imposed in Anderson’s case will depend on his prior criminal history.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting the case.

Conducting the investigations were the McKean County detectives, the McKean County Drug Task Force, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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