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Lafayette man pleads guilty to drug smuggling using the Silk Road website

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

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette man pleaded guilty Wednesday to buying drugs overseas and shipping them to himself.

Michael Munro Jr., 37, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst to one count of smuggling controlled substances and one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics. The plea will become final when approved by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. According to the guilty plea, Munro was arrested in November of 2014 and July of 2015 for buying illegal narcotics online overseas and having them delivered to U.S. Post Offices and FedEx locations in Lafayette and surrounding areas. Munro told agents that in March of 2014 he began ordering pills via the internet using the Silk Road website. Munro admitted to ordering Xanax, Alprazolam and OxyContin at various times. He also stated that he would order 1,000 to 1,500 Xanax bars at a time and sell 3,000 OxyContin pills per week.

Munro faces 20 years for the smuggling count and five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute. He also faces three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date was not set.

Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Lafayette Metro Narcotics. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert F. Moore and John Luke Walker are prosecuting the case.

Updated March 11, 2016