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Victim of stolen ID used by drug ring comes forward

Police seek to identify man whose driver's license was altered. Police seek to identify man whose driver's license was altered.

Detectives investigating an international Internet meth and stolen property ring now know whose face was being used to help make the sales.

The identification shown is one of many that were confiscated by police.

It belongs to a Tigard man, Robert Horne.

He had no idea it existed until a friend saw it on the news and called him.

"I was shocked, floored," Horne said. "When I saw my face pop up in living color on a fake driver's license on the computer screen, it's really even kind of hard to think."

Washington County deputies went looking for Horne when his picture showed up on a fake license in connection with the international drug operation.

Detectives believe the group was using the stolen identifications to avoid detection as they committed illegal activities online.

"It doesn't make me feel very secure knowing that people of this type have that kind of information on me," Horne said. "It's very disturbing. I live a good life. I'm an honest man."

He said he doesn't know any of the seven people deputies have arrested in connection with the crime.

Police said the group smuggled meth and cash to and from Australia, Canada, England, United Kingdom and other countries using the "Silk Road,"which is a hidden black market website.

The investigation came to a head during the early morning hours of December 17 when eight search warrants were served at the same time in the Aloha area and in Vancouver, WA. 

During the raid, methamphetamine, computers, and a vast amount of additional evidence were seized.

Investigators confiscated $87,000 in electronic "Bitcoins," which is currency used on the Silk Road to buy and sell illegal and stolen items.

Detectives said over 17 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than $600,000 changed hands using the Internet to facilitate the drug sales.

Among the seven people arrested in the raids in Oregon and Washington was Jason Weld Hagen of Vancouver, also known as "Hammertime." Investigators believe Hagen was the largest methamphetamine distributor on the Silk Road.

A sheriff's office spokesman said more arrests are expected.

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