An Arizona man was sentenced to five years of probation by a federal judge for selling research chemicals online.
Jeremy Brooks, 31, was sentenced to five years of probation by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab for one count of conspiracy to smuggle misbranded drugs into the United States and bring them into interstate commerce. The judge also ordered Brooks to forfeit, via his drug trafficking activity, the $106,000 he had received.
Brooks, alongside co-conspirator Justin Ash, marketed clonazolam, diclazepam, flubromazolam, etizolam, and related testing chemicals through the DomesticRcs.com website, according to court records. “Unplanned thienodiazepines, triazolobenzodiazepines, and other benzodiazepine derivatives were advertised on the site known on Reddit and other forums as “DRC.
All goods were classified as “for research purposes only” by DomesticRcs.com. Brooks acknowledged, however, that most of his clients had bought the chemicals for ingestion purposes. In an announcement, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady said, “Brooks, Ash, or others acting in their direction directly communicated with individual customers about, among other things, the effects of the drugs when used for personal consumption.”
Judge Schwab sentenced Ash to 24 months in prison earlier this year as well as the forfeiture of around $780,000 received from DomesticRcs.com. Hiding behind the sign ‘for testing purposes only’ failed to protect the site’s operators. Although DomesticRcs.com is now unavailable, the WordPress account for the business is still active.