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Accused Bay Area drug dealer busted after allowing undercover DEA agent follow him on Instagram

May 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Accused Bay Area drug dealer busted after allowing undercover DEA agent follow him on Instagram

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An accused drug dealer from the Bay Area was arrested last week after he was caught by DEA agents promoting controlled substances on his Instagram account.

A DEA affidavit published on Friday revealed authorities discovered the suspect, 20-year-old Marcos Hatch, while investigating another man accused of selling drugs.

An undercover officer in Oakland had requested to follow Christian Vanleer on Instagram, and after he was accepted, he started asking to be friends with the dealer’s other followers – including Hatch’s profile, @triggerplayornoplay.

Hatch also accepted the undercover officer’s request, and authorities started to watch the account on a daily basis.

Marcos Hatch, 20 (pictured), was arrested last week for dealing drugs. He is pictured above in a post from his Instagram account, where authorities said he posted drugs he had for sale

The affidavit also indicated that Hatch posted 20 photos advertising painkillers and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, the East Bay Times reported.

In his posts, authorities said he used the hashtag #holla to show that drugs were for sale. In some of the posts, friends commented, asking about the price.

Investigators said the hashtag meant that Hatch “obtained a large amount of cash shown by selling controlled substances, and he was taking a chance that if he got caught, he would go to jail.”

In April, over one month before Hatch was arrested, authorities got a warrant to start monitoring his online activity and discovered that he was also negotiating the sales of additional drugs and firearms in his direct messages.

Hatch was arrested on May 16th, after obtaining a warrant to search his residence. Inside the house, they seized numerous guns including an AK-47. They also discovered evidence of drug dealing, which included small quantities of other drugs, clear plastic bags, and scales.

Hatch was charged with drug trafficking alprazolam and is facing up to five years behind bars if he is found guilty.

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