Friday, August 18, 2017

With undercover Instagram account, DEA nabs alleged Bay Area drug dealer

Original article available at East Bay Times
Written by Nate Gartrell

OAKLAND — While a Hayward man allegedly was posting pictures of Xanax, pot, and guns for sale on Instagram, Drug Enforcement Administration agents were busy taking screenshots.


Last week, federal authorities made their move, arresting 20-year-old Marcos Hatch on charges of trafficking alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety. He faces five years in prison, but court documents indicate that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is reviewing the case to recommend federal gun charges be filed as well.

Marcos Hatch, seen here in one of the numerous Instagram photos that have now become evidence in a federal drug trafficking case. (U.S. District Court Records)


According to a DEA affidavit released Friday, authorities came across Hatch’s Instagram account while researching another suspected drug dealer named Christian Vanleer. It all started when an undercover Oakland policeman requested to follow Vanleer on Instagram and he accepted, unwittingly allowing the feds access to his pictures and follower lists.


Police also requested to follow some of Vanleer’s followers, including one named “triggerplayornoplay” (sic), who was later identified as Hatch, according to federal agents.
Authorities then began monitoring Hatch’s account day-to-day. They identified about 20 pictures advertising prescription painkillers and Xanax, and believe he used the hashtag #Holla to invite customers to purchase illegal drugs.

In other pictures, other users would do business with Hatch in the comments section. For instance, one user commented on a picture of marijuana, “How much for (an ounce)?” and Hatch replied, “200,” according to federal agents.

Other photos showed stacks of U.S. currency, including one where authorities say Hatch showed his face. It was hashtagged #Takenpenitentiarychances (sic), an indication that, “(Hatch) obtained the large amount of money shown by selling controlled substances, and he was taking a chance that if he got caught, he would be arrested and go to jail,” a federal agent wrote in the affidavit.
In April, more than a month before Hatch was arrested, authorities were given a search warrant to his account and began electronically monitoring his personal messages. They say he had numerous conversations involving the purchasing or selling of handguns and prescription drugs.

On May 16, authorities searched Hatch’s home and seized numerous guns, including an AK-47 in Hatch’s bedroom. They found small amounts of various drugs, clear plastic baggies, scales, and other evidence of drug sales, according to the DEA.
Meanwhile, Vanleer, as it turned out, was being investigated for his alleged role in an unrelated Bay Area drug trafficking ring centered in Discovery Bay, and headed by a man named Oscar Escalante. Authorities say its members distributed heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills all over the Bay Area and beyond.


Court documents say federal agents seized hundreds of thousands in cash, dozens of guns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they raided stash houses and marijuana grows associated with the ring. The 2016 case against Escalante, Vanleer, and 14 other defendants is still pending.

65 comments:

  1. Fools like this deserve prison

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    1. Fools like this wanted prison.

      theres no reason to show off your wealth on social media, go to a strip club or a bar if you wanna show off

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    2. Oh and the other ones don't? What's your point judge judy Lol ... Is his problem, he'll probably learn a thing or two out of it. Lol

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    3. You aren't perfect dude.

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    4. Show off? Get flashy? That's a sure way to get busted!

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    5. What an idiot! First off I'm willing to bet that stack wasn't even all his maybe a few thousand if he's lucky the rest is going back to supplier. This guy deserves to be caught.

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    6. After being told Obama spies you through the red light on your microwave, why should anybody be stupid enough to post picshers on IG? Even Prezident tromp is not safe damnenit, all his deals and all his family's deals and all his friends' deals and all the prezident's men are getting caught and exposed, but unlike Humpty Dumpty, some eggs get pardoned, others go to Finishing School to apologize to the judges while their girlfriends pick up the slack.
      --Alprazolam, don't forget the name, good as gold, ask yojr doctor to prescribe, he may want be on the best sellers list, and it don't say OXI anywhere on the label.

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    7. Mas endejo kel Cmte Perro.. Aaahahahaha

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  2. This fool is an insult to professional criminality worldwide. Just like the little punk narco juniors of today.

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    1. LOL, and your so called "professional criminality" is an insult to our honest hard working society. It's criminal nut huggers like you that make our world a bad place to live. Work for a living matha!

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  3. http://borderland-beat-forum.924382.n3.nabble.com/Jesus-Pe-a-Gonzalez-El-20-was-captured-and-sentenced-then-he-escaped-and-is-granted-his-freedom-td4097435.html

    forgive me if im wrong, but isnt this guy BL? or is it another 20 im takling about

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    1. He's from mayos antrax clan

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  4. Another studio gangster

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  5. Self snitching at its finest lmfao

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    1. Hahaha 1:34 that's a good 1 ,self snitching!I will remember that 1.

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  6. Seems like parallel reconstruction to me.

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  7. Fish die by they own mouth...Seems here by they own pics lol

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    1. 2:21 fool looking at five years max, out in a year if he cooperates, no way around his innocence, he innocently posted his ass on the wide ass media.

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  8. 200 for an once that's too much I get mine for 160 in the town aka Oakland. I'm from the the stack aka Hayward and let me tell u there's nothing but tweakers roaming the streets it's sad n crazy. Pongansen ajusados compas don't be auto snitching posting dumb shit on social media. Guess he wanted to be famous now he's know.
    -💯

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  9. Mas pendejo lo quieren?

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  10. "Can't fix stupid"

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  11. The new generation likes being "loud". The old school ways of secrecy are over ..social media is law enforcement's best friend nowadays.

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  12. Believe it or not but that's the new age drug dealers for you. I see that alot on socisl media with Dumies selling or asking where to get drugs

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  13. Lol! By the looks of that stack. Guy could've played it low. Keep it up for a few years. Then get the fuck out! Nope had to mess it up trying to show off!

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    1. 2:45 if it wasn't for the internet he would not be having to carry that load of peisos on his shoulder.
      Now if you think his black book is on safe hands, you must be real innocent, Lolita...somebody will surly turn that pack of peisos into trucks of dollars and break the bank.

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    2. Wrong, that's only about 300K.

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    3. Either way get out while your ahead.. before you lose it. Or get busted

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    4. Assuming those were all 100's but street drug dealers tend to get paid in 20s. Dumbasses always assuming stuff instantly.

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    5. 20s or 100s.. if your able to stack bills on your shoulders like a fucking boom box. Your making more bank then me. Good call to play it out for abit then ride off into the sunset

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  14. Lo que es la espada de doble filo en las redes sociales. - Sol Prendido

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  15. EL WACHITO saludos pariente. Cool little read this is the new generation of dope peddlers they just CAN NOT RESIST showing off and letting EVERYONE kno what they are up to. They don't realize how there really messing up there life. And I'm not talking just going to jail. But the real problems will come later in life when they grow up and mature and realize how much a felony on there record will truly effect them and how it will limit them on things they can do with there life's.

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    1. Si piensas así goldcup entonces te falta mucho para aprender. Tus palabras aplican solamente para esos que trabajan por otros. Cuando trabajas por tu cuenta tú solo ajustas tus ganancias. Con felonias o sin papeles todo lo compones a tu favor sabiendo cómo hacer le. No importa en qué país te encuentres. - Sol Prendido

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  16. Bunch of idi#t's....won't be able to beat those allegations

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  17. Fools like this are a joke just part of the Narcissism this world is full of.
    Shoutouts from Commandante Perro

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  18. Just a dumb ass stupid idiot thinking since he dropped out of the 4th grade that he was a MIT genius. LOSER!

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  19. They also arrested some guy here in AZ with 30,000 fentanyl pills in a traffic stop today, biggest fentanyl seizure in AZ history

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  20. In spanish is narco júnior in english these morons are millenial narcos .

    El pirrurris de la sierra

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  21. I grew up in that area...sad to say, that's how the kids play the game. And that's why they either get whacked, or locked up!!! The bay area has the highest concentration of millionaires in the US..Silicon Valley... unfortunately, the next class is the hood...the hood rats grow up seeing the rich kids bling, and they want it...

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  22. If ur gonna be , stupid gotta be tough 💪

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  23. Sad part about it is there are prisons in the US ,Where a inmate can make between $200-$600 a month , not counting all the federal grants the sign you up for !All about #s

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    1. What u talking bout willis!!

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    2. 6:08 you are not suppossed to become a lazy unproductive hooligan just because your ass is in prison, 6ou need to move product for the Private Prison Owning Welfare Queens contractors of the federal government and their 10,00 dollar a bag Doritos machines

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    3. All vending machines can be hacked. - Sol Prendido

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  24. Just like Chino Antrax but this one didn't even to try to hide his face.

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    1. Lol 😂, you can't compare! What Chino did is pure art, at the finest level. You too cheap to get it, don't hate. USA needed El 5.7 to make America great again.

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  25. Dude that is a lot of cash. A lot of hundreds at the top too. If this guys brains matched his hustle and ambition he could,ve went legit with that money and made a killing. IDIOT!

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  26. Another 1 of americas dumbest criminals 😬

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  27. Its like mtv cribs remember they flashed all that shit till the IRS took notice and audited all there riches and backtaxed there ass jd from so so def is a perfect example but yes you guys are right this new generation are idiots there victims to there own stupidity they deserve the talons from the EAGLE

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  28. Are you sure that's not his collection of Magick cards?

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  29. I love you IG account borderland beat

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  30. He will be somebodys girlfriend in jail

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  31. I knew it was a matter of time before Broly popped up somewhere.

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  32. I CAN SHOW THAT MONEY LIKE THAT FAKER,BUT MY MONEY IS LEGAL POR QUE ZOY RUFERO.

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  33. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Another Insta-Idiot millennial.

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  34. ATF, a worthless agency.

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  35. When this NorTONTO hits whatever Northern California or SOUTHERN California prison put him on the SOUTHSIDER tier so they can handle his bitch ass

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  36. Could one possibly get any stupider than this guy? This is a prime example of why democracy is doomed. Society is comprised of too many stupid people for it to function properly.

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  37. 90% of convictions are based upon the testimony of the accused.

    Remember that.

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  38. The successful people don't flash . Don't drop hints . They hide easily because there so many of these dummys getting noticed . There are many rich people out there that nobody ever suspected . They will live out their life un-noticed because of people like these . These guys are very plentiful. The Gangsta mentality . His best bet is get a IQ test and present it to the judge and pretend to be a patsy .

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  39. This guy will probably get his ass wup every day for being a pendejo

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  40. Dumbass Punk! Do the crime, do your time. Man up and don't whine or become a rat?

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  41. That picture wouldn't be used in a court of law. There is no way to prove that is US currency or any other kind of currency for that matter. Any good lawyer would get that thrown out easy

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  42. Stop. Snitching On Yourself Boys And Girls!!!!

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