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James Campbell Cardwell was convicted of operating what prosecutors call 'a darknet drug distribution conspiracy.'

A Tigard man was sentenced Wednesday, March 31, to nearly four years in federal prison for operating a website that sold illicit drugs.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says James Campbell Cardwell, 28, conspired with three other Oregon residents to import MDMA, ketamine and cocaine to the United States in order to sell them on Cardwell's "darknet vendor site," The Collective.

Cardwell was convicted and sentenced to 46 months in federal prison.

Prosecutors describe Cardwell and the three other defendants as having been involved in "a darknet drug distribution conspiracy."

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Cardwell distributed nearly 6 kilograms of MDMA through The Collective.

"Based on a review of records seized, Cardwell was involved in more than 3,000 transactions generating more than $197,000," prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday.

Cardwell was arrested and indicted in 2018, along with his suspected co-conspirators: Gordon Filemu Cady, 35, of Portland; Heidi Gravier, 31, of Portland; and Ruth Lacy Gloe, 38, of Salem.

Cady, Gravier and Gloe have since pleaded guilty in the drug trafficking case.

Federal agents reportedly seized drugs, paraphernalia, cash, cellphones, computers, mailing envelopes and a loaded handgun from Cardwell's Tigard residence in May 2018.

Cardwell also allegedly tried to obtain a fraudulent Canadian passport and driver's license in an attempt to leave the country in November 2018, according to prosecutors.


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