IU student charged; allegedly bought Xanax with Bitcoin, sold drugs out of frat
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – The Indiana University Police Department has been investigating a student accused of dealing prescription pills since last year.
IU student Andrew Thrall is accused of selling thousands of Xanax tablets. Investigators say the 20-year-old would buy the drugs online through a Canadian pharmacy.
According to court documents, investigators say, “The process is very complicated and encrypted and is supposed to be a secure way to place orders over the internet.”
“There’s some sophistication there, the use of Bitcoin for currency,” said Lt. Craig Munroe, Indiana University Police Department. “It’s a little more complex than just getting on the web and ordering drugs and having it shipped to your house.”
Court documents revealed Thrall was living at his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.
Instead of having the tablets delivered to his place, investigators say he had them sent to his girlfriend.
With help from the postal service, investigators were able to track down Thrall’s next shipment. It was sent to the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house.
His girlfriend told investigators, “She did not know what was in the package and later said that sometimes her boyfriend would buy her a gift and have it mailed to her because the mail room in his fraternity was not organized well. He would tell her not to open the package.”
Investigators say she agreed to text him to let him know that his package had arrived. When he came to pick it up investigators were waiting.
According to court documents, Thrall “admitted that the package was meant for him and that there were 1,000 Xanax tablets inside and that he would order that amount about every two or three weeks.”
He went on to say, “He would pay $2,000 for 1,000 tablets and sometimes make as much as $4,000 profit, but normally about $2,500 profit, it just depended on who ordered from him.”
Police arrested the 20-year-old earlier this week. He has since bonded out of jail.
Police say his girlfriend is not being charged.