Dark web drug ring busted in New Jersey for selling fake Xanax

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Authorities in New York busted a New Jersey-based dark web drug ring that sold millions of dollars of counterfeit Xanax.

Three New Jersey men, 44-year-old Chester Anderson, of South Brunswick; 41-year-old Jarrette Codd, of Jamesburg; and 51-year-old Ronald MacCarty, of Jackson, were indicted Tuesday on charges they operated internet "storefronts" that sold the pills and other drugs to buyers in 43 states.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says that investigators seized at least 420,000 tablets and 500 glassine envelopes containing fentanyl-laced heroin, as well as quantities of methamphetamines.

It's the largest seizure of illicit pills in New Jersey history, according to authorities.

The ring is also accused of laundering $2.3 million in cryptocurrency by using preloaded debit cards and withdrawing cash at various New Jersey and Manhattan ATMs.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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