News 3 investigates criminals using technology to commit crimes

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Virginia Beach man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to selling drugs over the internet.

Federal court documents reveal that between 2019 and April 2021, Evan Yates Sonberg was buying meth from California and having it shipped through the United States Postal Service.

Authorities were tipped off by an trained canine used by the Postal Service that detected something suspicious.

Court records say investigators found a package with about 4,000 g of meth inside. This sparked an investigation that led to the search of a home in Virginia Beach, which ended in Sonberg’s arrest.

Records state that Sonberg told authorities that he found the meth supplier on the dark web.

He first started communicating with his supplier through the instant messaging app Wickr, then paid the supplier with Bitcoin.

Records state at first he was getting 4 ounces at a time, but over the course of a year, the amount increased to 5 kilograms at a time.

Before the record state of COVID, the supplier was charging him $ 3,000 per kg, but by April 21, 2021, he was paying $ 9,500 per kg.

Related: Law enforcement combat illegal drugs being sent through the mail

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