Canadian man found Guilty in furanyl fentanyl case

Canadian man found Guilty off all charges in furanyl fentanyl case – A 25-year-old Yellowknife man has been found guilty of four charges related to his use and sale of furanyl fentanyl.

Canadian man found guilty
During his trial Darcy Oake said he purchased furanyl fentanyl for personal use. But the judge noted that he sent texts agreeing to sell at least some of the 10 grams he purchased. (Darcy Oake/Facebook)

At the start of his judge-only trial in August, Darcy Oake pleaded guilty to trafficking furanyl fentanyl, a synthetic drug designed to have similar effects to the deadly opiate fentanyl. On Wednesday morning, Northwest Territories Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood also found Oake guilty of possessing the drug for the purpose of trafficking, illegally importing the drug into Canada, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The last charge was related to an overdose a friend of Oake’s suffered after he gave her some of the drug in exchange for some prescription tranquillizers she had. Texts entered as evidence during the trial showed the woman, who knew Oake had ordered 10 grams of the drug on the dark web, had been pressuring Oake to let her try it.

The woman, who admitted she had been addicted to fentanyl, said she passed out soon after she got home after snorting a line of the drug in the garage of Oake’s family home. She remained unconscious for more than 24 hours before being taken to hospital.

The woman’s eagerness to try the drug was not a significant factor in the analysis that led Justice Smallwood to find Oake guilty of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

“He knew there was a very real risk she could overdose,” said Smallwood. “He knew this because he had overdosed 12 hours earlier.”

During the trial it came out that, minutes after receiving the parcel he had ordered, Oake snorted two lines of the drug. He then took his pet pitbull for a walk. He passed out during the walk and was taken to hospital.

Oake’s parents sat through the whole trial and were in the courtroom for the verdict Wednesday. His mother dabbed away tears as Smallwood delivered her decision.

Earlier in the trial, his father testified that after the first overdose, Oake agreed to get treatment for his drug addiction. He was to take the first step, a counselling appointment at the Tree of Peace, later that week. But the morning of the appointment he overdosed again.

Oake admitted ordering the furanyl fentanyl on the dark web using a browser that hid his digital identity. But he said he thought it was coming from a supplier within Canada because the web site was in English and prices were in Canadian dollars.

Smallwood said Oake may not have known the drug was coming from Asia when he placed the order, but he did know later. He was given tracking numbers but found they were not on Canada Post’s parcel tracking website. Smallwood noted that he then Google searched the numbers and found they were connected to a tracking site in Hong Kong or China.

Oake testified he then contacted the web site to ask where his order was. The vendors said to give it a few more days, but then agreed to send another order.

“It was apparent he wanted the furanyl fentanyl and was not concerned whether it was coming from outside Canada,” said Smallwood.

Smallwood also dismissed Oake’s testimony that he ordered the drug for personal use. Texts police recovered from his phone showed he was in need of money and was arranging to sell it to pay off debt.

Oake is facing penitentiary time for just the two drug charges he was convicted of. Though only a few people in the N.W.T. have been convicted of trafficking fentanyl, they have received stiffer sentences than those trafficking in cocaine.

In 2016, for example, a street-level dealer selling fentanyl to support his own drug addiction was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

After Smallwood delivered her 90-minute decision, Oake’s lawyer said Oake had instructed him that morning to apply to have any guilty verdicts stayed because of the amount of time it has taken to conclude the case.

Oake was charged almost three-and-a-half years ago. Part of the reason for the delay is that Oake switched lawyers a year ago, just before his trial was originally scheduled to be held.

No date has been set for hearing Oake’s application to stay the charges due to the delay.

Philadelphia man sentenced for selling Xanax on the dark web

Philadelphia man Sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking Counterfeit Xanax pills via the dark web – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Michael Gordon, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond to serve 20 years’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ supervised release, for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Court further ordered the defendant to pay over $2.7 million in restitution and to forfeit over $300,000.

Philadelphia man sentenced

From approximately December 2017 until October 2018, Gordon was involved in a sophisticated scheme to obtain counterfeit Xanax on the dark web in order to sell the counterfeit pills for a profit. He took numerous steps to conceal his illegal activity: for example, he coordinated the mailing of packages in covert ways, having them addressed to fictitious recipients and mailed to a variety of locations Gordon himself controlled in an attempt to thwart any investigative efforts. Additionally, he paid for the counterfeit pills using Bitcoin, re-sold the counterfeit pills for a profit, and then laundered the proceeds of his illicit drug business in order to conceal the true nature of the funds obtained from the scheme. Before he was stopped by law enforcement, the defendant illegally obtained hundreds of thousands of these highly addictive pills and re-distributed them. He pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2019.

“Simply put, Gordon placed the well-being of others at risk in order to satisfy his own greed,” said U.S Attorney McSwain. “Xanax can be highly addictive under normal circumstances, but the counterfeit version of Xanax can be even more addictive and potentially deadly. Gordon did not think twice about this danger, as he was focused solely on how to profit from the misery of others. He is now in prison, where he belongs.”

“Abuse of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, is a critical issue for a greater Philadelphia-area that is already experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic.  Add in the trafficking of counterfeit prescription drugs made of unknown substances from China and, now, we have significantly increased the risk to vulnerable consumers,” said William S. Walker, acting Special Agent in Charge for HSI Philadelphia. “Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners will continue to work tirelessly to investigate and remove dangerous narcotic traffickers from our communities.”    

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia’s Cyber Crimes Investigations Task Force (C2iTF) – a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber-enabled criminal activity. The Task Force is comprised of investigators and analysts from the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Service – Office of the Inspector General, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania National Guard, and the U.S. Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Beam Winter.

Philadelphia man sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling counterfeit Xanax press release by DOJ can be found here

CA Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for prescription drugs

CA Man gets 10-years sentence for scheme to obtain, resell prescription drugs – A Riverside County man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for running a narcotics distribution outfit that, in part, stole at least nine doctors’ DEA numbers and dates of birth that he used to obtain oxycodone and other prescription medications that he later sold on the darknet.

CA Man

Christopher Lazenby, 29, of Homeland, was sentenced in Los Angeles by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.

Lazenby pleaded guilty in September to charges of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Lazenby perpetrated his scheme by stealing the identities of at least nine doctors and one physician’s assistant. He then used the Drug Enforcement Administration’s online registration system to change the addresses of doctors to mailboxes he had rented in South Los Angeles and Carson. Lazenby changed the address of one of the doctors to show his medical office was a room at a Motel 6 in Inglewood, according to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court.

With official records showing new addresses for the doctors, Lazenby forged the doctors’ signatures on counterfeit prescriptions and ordered oxycodone, hydrocodone and Adderall to be sent to the addresses he controlled, he admitted in a plea agreement. After he received the narcotics, Lazenby used the dark web and Craigslist to advertise the drugs for sale.

Lazenby was arrested on Oct. 3, 2018, at his hotel room in Torrance, which he had rented using an alias. During searches of his hotel room and car, law enforcement seized narcotics, including 196 grams of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, prescription pads in the names of the identity theft victims, and rubber stamps in the names of the victim doctors, evidence showed.

Playpen Child Porn Website Member Sentenced to 7 years

Playpen Child Porn Website Member is sentenced to 7 years in federal prison – A Chicopee man was sentenced to federal prison on Friday for using a secret child pornography bulletin board on the dark web, officials said.

Playpen Child Porn
Tor

Victor Stepus, 51, was sentenced in federal court in Springfield to serve seven years in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release. Stepus has been in custody since he was arrested in 2015 after investigators learned he had regularly used his home computer to download child pornography, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Stepus was an active user of the now-defunct “Playpen,” a secret child pornography bulletin board that advertised and distributed child pornography online. The site also included discussions surrounding the sexual abuse of children, Lelling’s office said in a statement.

The website existed on the dark web, which let Stepus access the site anonymously, prosecutors said.

When authorities seized Stepus’s personal computer, they found more than 8,000 images and 33 videos of child pornography, including images showing “the sexual abuse, including bondage, of girls as young as eight years old.”

Stepus admitted to authorities that for several years he used his home computer to access and download child pornography two to three times per week. When investigators obtained logs from the Playpen site, they found Stepus was an active user for six months during 2014 and 2015, Lelling’s office said.

In November, Stepus pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

Dream Market Heroin Vendor Pleads Guilty

Dream Market Heroin Vendor and Tattoo Shop owner pleads guilty to Distributing Heroin and Methamphetamine on the dark web – Jason Keith Arnold, 46, of Chandler, Arizona, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Dream Market Heroin Vendor

According to court documents, Arnold, along with co-defendants David White, 50, and Alicia McCoy, 31, both of Chandler, operated the vendor accounts “TheSickness” and “SicknessVersion2” on Dream Marketplace, through which they conducted more than 3,000 transactions for heroin and methamphetamine to customers throughout the country. Dream Marketplace was a website on the darknet that allowed individuals to sell narcotics and other illegal goods and services. Arnold and his co-conspirators mailed heroin inside Haribo Gold gummy bear packages from post offices in the Chandler region. Some of these packages were mailed to locations in the Eastern District of California.

Arnold is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11 by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. Arnold faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Charges against White and McCoy are pending. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the product of investigations by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy (NCIDE) task force, which is composed of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Grant B. Rabenn and Paul Hemesath are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought in conjunction with the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J‑CODE) Team. Established within the FBI’s Hi-Tech Organized Crime Unit, J-CODE is a U.S. Government initiative announced in January 2018, aimed at targeting drug trafficking, especially fentanyl and other opioids, on the darknet. Building on the work initiated with the takedowns of Silk Road and AlphaBay, the FBI’s J-CODE team brings together agents, analysts, and professional staff with expertise in drugs, gangs, health care fraud, and more, and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners from across the U.S. Government, to focus on disrupting the sale of drugs via the darknet and dismantling criminal enterprises that facilitate this trafficking.

Dream Market Heroin Vendor pleads guilty – DOJ press release can be found here

Oxy Vendor Sentenced to two years in prison

Oxy Vendor from Maine was sentenced to two years in prison for selling counterfeit pills – A Surry man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bangor to serve two years in prison for trafficking in counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer that is 5,000 times more potent than heroin.

Oxy Vendor
Fitzherbert (Maine Sex Offender Registry)

Federal agents found 91 pills in Adam Fitzherbert’s bedroom when they executed a search warrant at his home in February 2018, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for Maine. The pills, when tested, were found to contain carfentanil, a drug used as an anesthetic for large animals that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

In recent years, Carfentanil has been linked to opioid overdose deaths elsewhere in Maine as well as in Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Fitzherbert, 55, admitted to federal officials to purchasing the pills through an online “dark web” site called Dream Market, according to federal court documents.

Judge John Woodcock sentenced Fitzherbert, who pleaded guilty last September, to serve two years in prison and then three years of supervised release.

Prior to searching Fitzherbert’s home, police had the property off Route 176 under surveillance after finding drugs that belonged to Fitzherbert in a storage unit in Blue Hill.

Police were called to a storage rental facility in Blue Hill in November 2017 after an employee found five 5-gallon buckets full of marijuana buds and “a small open safe that contained pharmaceutical drugs and a number of small vials and pill capsules with powder on them,” according to federal court documents. Fitzherbert approached a police officer who was at the storage facility investigating the matter and initially told him he wanted to rent a unit there but later admitted the drugs in the unit were his, police said.

Among the drugs were several 30-milligram pills made to look like oxycodone — Fitzherbert told police there were 480 of them — that turned out not to contain oxycodone but cellulose, an organic compound found in plants, according to police.

Fitzherbert was charged with two counts of trafficking in counterfeit drugs, one for each incident, but one charge was dropped as a result of a plea agreement with prosecutors. He is required to turn himself in to the federal Bureau of Prisons by 2 p.m., April 15, to begin serving his sentence.

Fitzherbert’s prior criminal history includes a 2002 conviction in Aroostook County on a charge of unlawful sexual contact in a case where the victim was less than 14 years old, according to state records. Because of the 2002 conviction, Fitzherbert has to remain registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Dream Market Vendor Sentenced to 50 months in prison

Dream Market Vendor Sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for selling drugs via the dark web – Christopher D. Bania, 26 of Hobart, was sentenced Tuesday to 50 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger for the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a press release.

Dream Market Vendor Sentenced
Christopher D. Bania 26

According to the plea agreement, Bania sold narcotics including MDMA (“Ecstasy”), cocaine, DMT, ketamine, LSD, MDA, methaqualone, marijuana, and a variety of other controlled substances. To make his sales Bania utilized dark web marketplaces, including Dream Market, Zion, Wall Street, Hansa, Trade Route, and Alpha Bay. Alpha Bay and Hansa were shut down by law enforcement in July of 2017.

The dark web is a part of the internet that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers. Websites on the dark web have complex web addresses generated by a computer algorithm and must be accessed using special software that is capable of connecting to “The Onion Router” network, or “TOR” for short. The TOR network is encrypted and routes internet traffic dynamically through a series of computers around the world, concealing the true Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers accessing the network and thereby making internet use virtually anonymous.

This perceived anonymity has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, where users can find vendors, like Bania, offering illegal goods and services for sale.

In handing down his sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach noted that despite Bania’s lack of a prior criminal record, his involvement in the community, and the outpouring of support from friends and family who packed the courtroom, his was a “crime of significant magnitude” that required a substantial prison sentence.

Griesbach also noted while Bania was himself a user of controlled substances, his activities on the dark web functioned primarily as a “money making enterprise.”

“This four-plus year sentence for a first-time offender sends a clear warning about the seriousness of drug trafficking on the dark web,” said United States Attorney Krueger. “Just because one deals narcotics from home does not mean one can escape the law. I commend the outstanding work of the multiple federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that investigated this case and brought it to conclusion.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Bania was ordered to forfeit cash and cryptocurrency valued at approximately $1.5 million.

Following his prison sentence, he will spend three years on supervised release.

This case was a joint investigation of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, the Brown County Drug Task Force, the Hobart/Lawrence Police Department, and the Oneida Police Department.

Christopher D. Bania, Dream Market Vendor that has been sentenced today has been indicted on April 3 2019. Full press release by DOJ can be read here

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax Arrested in Canada

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax arrested in Canada by RCMP – The suspect, Arden McCann, 32, is now the subject of an extradition request to the United States, where he could be sentenced to a long prison term.

Empire Market Vendor DrXanax
Arden McCann, a 32-year-old Montarvillian, was arrested by the RCMP on Wednesday for exporting $ 18 million worth of synthetic drugs to the United States | photo by facebook

The resident of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on the South Shore, appeared at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday, before Superior Court judge Johanne St-Gelais. He is charged with drug trafficking and money laundering in the United States. McCann remains in custody pending further legal proceedings. He is scheduled to return to court in April.

In 2015, Arden McCann was arrested as part of an investigation by the Laval police, which led to the seizure of five pill presses and two million counterfeit tablets, mainly Xanax. McCann’s role then seemed peripheral to the Laval file. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and received a 90-day jail sentence with a $ 2,500 donation to charity. Two of his co-defendants in this case were the sons of police officer Ian Davidson, the “SPVM mole” who had tried to sell the secret list of police informants to the Mafia.

But in the case for which he was arrested on Wednesday and is threatened with extradition, McCann’s role would be central.

According to American court documents, the Montarvillois was active on different dark web sales platforms, such as AlphaBay, Dream, Wallstreet, Nightmare and Empire.

The dark web is the underground internet, a set of sites accessible through software that protects the identity of users.

On these sales platforms, McCann used different pseudonyms, such as DrXanax, Xanaxlabs, TheMailMan, RCQueen as well as Pasitheas, named after a Greek goddess, Pasithea (or Pasithea), personifying relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and altered states .

McCann is said to have exported tens of kilograms of fake Xanax tablets, but also fentanyl and other synthetic opiates. Fentanyl is an opioid 40 times more potent than heroin, which has been linked to tens of thousands of fatal overdoses in the United States.

McCann is said to have imported the substances from China, had them processed in Canada, and exported them in large quantities to accomplices in the United States. The latter, considered to be torchbearers, then sent them by mail, in smaller quantities, to American customers. The drug has always been paid for in cryptocurrency (bitcoin).

Export to the United States was done by different routes. In January 2016, U.S. customs officers intercepted a 21-year-old young man who had just been spotted by motion detectors as he walked on a railroad track through a forest on the border between Vermont and Quebec, near Potton, in the Eastern Townships.

The man, who was on the American side, all dressed in white, as if to camouflage himself in the snow, pulled, at 1 am in the dark night, a sleigh on which rested a large bag. His footprints showed that he was arriving on the Canadian side. Officers who intercepted him found approximately 82 kilograms (182 pounds) of counterfeit Xanax tablets in his bag. The cargo was worth 1.6 million on the black market. The suspect, Cédrik Bourgault-Morin, pleaded guilty and received a year in prison in the United States.

A few months later, the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met one of the American accomplices of McCann, a torchbearer who would become a repentant witness. The man eventually admitted that the load seized from the sled had been sent by McCann. The repentant witness visited McCann in Montreal two weeks before this failed delivery. It allowed American investigators to identify McCann in photos. McCann later warned the accomplice that he would no longer do business with him and that he would find new torchbearers in Texas.

In July 2017, the American authorities seized and deciphered information from the sales platform of the dark web AlphaBay and traced the transactions supposedly carried out by McCann, under its various pseudonyms.

At the same time, investigators from the RCMP C Division’s Joint Organized Crime Investigation Unit (UMECO) placed the suspect under surveillance. A hidden camera was monitoring his residence, his communications were being watched, and an undercover agent was in daily contact with him, according to what was exposed in court. Last fall, the RCMP searched McCann’s home and seized electronic devices and three encrypted computer media.

The cross-checking of the information found on the AlphaBay platform and the computer media made it possible to demonstrate that the different pseudonyms on which the investigation was based were controlled by the same person. It also made it possible to find a list of customers and a large number of purchase and payment transactions.

According to analyzes by the American police, the pseudonyms that McCann used were linked to more than 10,000 transactions on the various sales platforms of the dark web between November 2015 and July 2017, for a total amount of 16,752 bitcoins, l equivalent to 18 million Canadian dollars.

Investigation by the American police revealed that transactions would have continued with the pseudonyms probably used by McCann until barely a week ago.

The RCMP is currently conducting an investigation related to this case, which would explain the eight searches carried out on Wednesday on Lite Boulevard in Laval, Montreal and Montérégie.

U.S. police say they seized McCann-related cryptocurrency accounts the same day.

Because McCann would be able to flee the country and part of his assets would be outside the traditional banking system, American police asked their Canadian counterparts to arrest him provisionally, before requesting his extradition.

Empire Market Reviews / Scam Vendors – Check if a vendor is a scam

Empire Market Reviews / Scam Vendors – Check if a vendor is a scam – While Empire Market itself is not a scam market, there are still a lot of scam vendors operating on the site conning hundreds of customers monthly. Being new to the dark web might not go in your favor because it’s not really that easy to spot scammers on Tor Markets.

Empire Market Scam Vendors

That’s why we decided to create a public available Empire Market Scams Vendors page to help all new users avoid being scammed. Be sure to check this page daily to be alerted and protected by scams.

SCAM LIST:

This blacklist is a community project to list all vendors that scam, selectively scam, ship bad product, dox customers, threaten, are LE or have been arrested/compromised by LE. Please use our comments section below to report any Empire Market Scam vendor if you believe a vendor should be added to this blacklist.

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UPDATE: 12/06/2020

UKNEXTDAY (Selective scamming for bigger orders)

TheBudFarmacy (EXIT-SCAM)

Rapidprodeals – (SCAMMER. BANNED on Empire)

KarmaKing (A reputable US MDMA vendor. After vanishing without a trace for almost a month, they come back with new PGP keys. Possibly compromised by LE. There is no actual proof of this but they changed their PGP keys without any valid explanation. Could be LE honeypot.

EDIT: CONFIRMED SCAMMER! MickeyMouseNL (This is a new vendor. As of now we can not confirm that this vendor is a scammer, however our sources indicate he have a lot of missing orders with no reships.

DoctorXanax3 (He is currently on a scamming spree, 68 negative reviews this month alone. A lot of our sources confirmed this. Confirmed on Dread too. WATCH OUT!)

UKPharma (Started scamming a month ago, selective scams customers)

OldElPaso (banned from Empire)

Terrysukstock (Selective Scammer

MsPostLady (Selective scams, don’t send orders when out of stock but mark orders as shipped)

AmsterdamNL (Selective scams)

Xanax King (Arrested by LE – More info here )

greenflorist (other account names are: Escobud, escobudsupport and euweed)

Migosicegang (Selling fake Meth)

LuckyGambino (Selective scams)

Combi (Selective scams, has fake reviews on Empire)

VolkswagenGroup

snowwhite (Selective Scams)

JaguarUK

drugsUK (Selective Scams)

UKDE

Super_Shards

PharmacyofDrugs (DOXING customers)

BrazilBulk

Medsguru

Street

CardingMaster

addy4cheap

kushman

xxMarlborOxx

This will be a growing list. Again, please use comment section below to report any scammer vendor operating on Empire. Don’t forget to check out Markets and Shops section for Legit Markets and Shop.

Dark Web Drug Dealer charged for selling Xanax

Dark Web Drug Dealer charged for selling Xanax online – Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday they said bought and sold illegal drugs via the “dark web.”

Dark Web Drug
Collin Castillo

Collin Castillo, 21, listed as a student at East Georgia State College, faces several charges after a month-long investigation into alleged drug activity at his Cottage Row home on Hwy. 67, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team members have spent the past month surveilling Castillo, who was “suspected to be selling quantities of liquid Ezitolam, a benzodiazepine not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and commonly imported into the USA by use of the ‘dark web’ and paid for with untraceable crypto-currency,” he said.

Brown said CST members conducted “undercover buys and operations” and caught Castillo in the act of buying some Xanax via the dark web, using “crypto-currency.”

Castillo had the illegal drugs shipped to his home, but deputies intercepted 1,100 pressed pills with markings not consistent with any pharmaceutical drug manufactured anywhere in the USA, Brown said.

Castillo was taken into custody on charges of sale of a Schedule IV drug; purchase of a Schedule IV drug with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during commission of a crime; criminal attempt to distribute a Schedule IV drug; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession/use of a drug related object.

He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail pending further court hearings.