A 20-year-old Secaucus man was one of 15 people arrested in multiple countries on Monday for operating an international online drug ring.
George Matzek was arrested at his home, according to the Department of Justice report, and will face federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges for his part in an online narcotics market known as “The Farmer’s Market”. The market sold a variety of drugs to “approximately 3,000 customers in 34 countries and 50 states.”
The arrests were the culmination of two-year investigation which was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration‘s (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division and included assistance from authorities in the Netherlands, Scotland and Colombia. The ring leaders were arrested in Lelystad, Netherlands and Colombia.
A 66-page, 12-count indictment charges Matzek and the other defendants with a “conspiracy to distribute a variety of controlled substances through the use of online marketplaces that allowed independent sources of supply to anonymously advertise illegal drugs for sale to the public.” The drug trafficking charge carries a maximum sentence of imprisonment for life while the money laundering charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years.
eSecaucus appears to have found George Matzek’s Facebook profile, which indicates that he was a member of the Secaucus High School Class of 2009 and is currently enrolled in SUNY Fredonia as an English major.