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Four accused of online meth sales in two states

PORTLAND (AP) — Two southwest Washington residents and two Portland-area residents accused of selling methamphetamine online to customers as far away as Europe and Australia have been indicted on federal charges. The four are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine via the Internet and related counts. They pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. The indictment names 39-year-old Jason Hagen of Ridgefield, Wash.; 23-year-old Chelsea Reder of Ridgefield, Wash.; 45-year-old Richard Webster of Aloha, Ore., and 39-year-old Donald Bechen of Aloha.

They’re accused of using the now-shuttered black market website Silk Road to sell more than 17 pounds of meth between August 2012 and August 2013 in exchange for virtual currency that can be exchanged for cash.

The Oregonian reports ( http://is.gd/RpaDHH ) prosecutors say the group made more than $600,000 in more than 3,000 transactions.

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