County Man Busted In Dark Web, Fake Xanax Scheme

Pills. (File photo)
Pills. (File photo)

NEW YORK – A Jackson Township man has been arrested in connection with one of the largest counterfeit pill seizure operations in State history.

Ronald MacCarty, 51, was charged with one count of first-degree money laundering, one county of fourth-degree conspiracy and one count of fifth-degree conspiracy, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

MacCarty, along with two other men, allegedly sold and shipped thousands of counterfeit Xanax tablets and other controlled substances to buyers in 43 states through storefronts on the dark web. They used phony Manhattan addresses to lead buyers to believe the business was located in the city. They also laundered $2.3 million in cryptocurrency using preloaded debit cards and using ATMs in Manhattan and New Jersey to withdraw cash.

MacCarty, who owns The Wireless Spot, a cellphone repair store, used his store as a place to make the fake Xanax tablets, the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said.

Vance was joined by the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations to announce those arrests.

Also arrested were Chester Anderson, 44, and Jarrette Codd, 41, both of Middlesex County.