The Wodonga man involved in a multi-million-dollar dark web steroid scheme has been jailed.
Torryn Wilhelm was sentenced in the County Court to three years behind bars with a minimum of 18 months for his role in the Alphabeast drug operation which sent steroids in the mail across the country.
The mastermind behind the website, Mark Matthews, received a term of imprisonment of five years with a minimum term of three years.
While Wilhelm was involved in the operation, which saw more than $1 million in drugs weighing 83 kilograms seized, he said he received only $700 per week to work for Matthews.
The court heard the 30-year-old was paid by Williams to move steroids, fill vials and occasionally assist with packaging and mailing product.
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The pair sold various illicit bodybuilding drugs including synthetic testosterone and Oxandrolone through the website which was hosted in Iceland and used Bitcoin and encryption to avoid detection, with products available for between $85 to $700.
Orders were directed to Matthews' almost untraceable email.
From April 18, 2018 to January 22, 2019, investigators identified 475 suspicious mail packages which contained Helix Pharma steroids sold through the website.
They were packaged in similar ways, had false business addresses and no return address.
Steroids priced at nearly $170,000 were seized.
Wilhelm pleaded guilty to trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs and received a reference from his Wilson Transformer Company boss during the court matter.
The pair ran the drug operation out of a Hoppers Crossing address until the police raid on January 25, 2019.
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