Bellevue man sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling drugs in online marketplace

SEATTLE (AP) — A Bellevue man must spend five years in prison for selling drugs on the online marketplace called "Silk Road."

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Steven Sadler sold nearly a million dollars' worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Silk Road site. He worked under the screen name NOD in 2012 and sold almost $70,000 worth of cocaine each month.

When police searched his apartment in 2013, they found all three drugs as well as a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. He forfeited his 2007 BMW 525 and $4,200 cash when he was arrested.

Hayes says the federal government won't allow someone to misuse the Internet to harm public safety.

In addition to the five years in prison, Sadler must spend four years on supervised release.