A federal jury convicted Delon Echols, 31, of Belleville, Illinois, of Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA. According to information revealed in court, Echols had purchased 911 grams of MDMA on the darkweb from a supplier in The Netherlands.
Echols had shipped the MDMA to an unwitting individual in Mascoutah, Illinois. When the package arrived at the person’s house, they opened it, discovered the drugs, and immediately went to the Mascoutah Police Department.
The police department weighed 911.5 grams of MDMA inside vacuum-sealed bags in a whey protein powder container.
“This case serves as a great example of how a concerned member of the public working with law enforcement can help make our communities safer,” said the United States Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe. “I join with our law enforcement partners in thanking her for her courage in coming forward. This case also demonstrates yet another way in which drug trafficking is not a victimless crime.”
Sentencing has been scheduled for January 10, 2023.
Court documents were no help in understanding how investigators linked the package to Echols.