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Dutch national pleads guilty to running online marketplace for drugs

He was a global entrepreneur doing business in every state and 45 foreign countries. He connected buyers and sellers in a virtual marketplace where millions of dollars' worth of merchandise was traded. For customers, he offered quality control by screening suppliers and guaranteeing delivery. This week, Marc Peter Willems, a 45-year-old Dutch national, admitted in federal court in Los Angeles that the merchandise was illegal drugs and that he took a cut of the sales. Willems, federal prosecutors say, was one of the main operators of an innocuously named online network, the Farmer's Market, that sold LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and other drugs. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug...