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Helena man sentenced to prison for trafficking fentanyl purchased on dark web using cryptocurrency

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

HELENA — A Helena man who admitted buying fentanyl on the dark web using cryptocurrency and distributing some of it while using the rest was sentenced on May 13 to 15 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said today.

The defendant, Jarek William Hahn, 30, pleaded guilty in December 2023 to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

The government alleged in court documents that between December 2022 and December 2023, Hahn obtained fentanyl in the mail after arranging its purchase on illicit internet sites on the dark web. Hahn then used some of it and sold some to support his habit. Hahn used sophisticated means to seek out illicit sites on the internet’s dark web, which are unindexed sites on the internet that require special internet browsers to access. He then accessed a site where he purchased fentanyl using cryptocurrency and had it delivered in the mail. In a search of Hahn’s home, law enforcement recovered 64 fentanyl pills.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey K. Starnes prosecuted the case. The FBI, Missouri River Drug Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated May 16, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 24-135