This week, a Virginia man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture 500 grammes or more of a methamphetamine-detectable mixture and drug.
According to court records, Dat Nguyen, 35, conspired to distribute peach tablets marketed as Adderall, but actually containing methamphetamine, nationally via U.S. mail, from about May 2019 to about Nov. 4, 2019. “In Darknet markets, the Empire Market and Cryptonia, Nguyen used the moniker “addy4cheap. Between August 2019 and December 2019, law enforcement officials performed 20 “addy4cheap” regulated transactions on both markets for a total of 767 received peach tablets weighing approximately 268 grammes in total.
Search warrants were executed on Dec. 9, 2019 at the homes of co-conspirators, including the home of Lien Kim Thi Phan and Tyler Pham and the home of Hon Lam Luk. Agents found 95 peach tablets at Phan and Pham’s home, and investigators found more than 6,000 peach tablets weighing approximately 2.2 kilogrammes at Luk’s house, all of which resembled those advertised on “addy4cheap” and those obtained through controlled purchases by law enforcement.
“As of Dec. 10, 2019, on the Empire Market, “addy4cheap” had completed 3,665 sales and received 2,568 ratings. Addy4cheap” received approximately $482,572.10 in sales for an approximate 44,872 pills sold, based on these reviews.” As of Nov. 7, 2019, 140 transactions were completed on Cryptonia by “addy4cheap.”
In connection with the plot, Nguyen’s five co-conspirators have all already entered guilty pleas. A fugitive remains one co-conspirator.
On March 23, 2021, Nguyen is due to be sentenced. He faces a minimum criminal sentence of 10 years imprisonment. True sentences are usually fewer than the maximum penalty for federal offences. Any sentence will be decided by a federal district court judge after taking into account the U.S. Guidelines for Sentencing and other legislative considerations.
G. James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Criminal Investigations Office, Metro Washington Field Office; Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Washington Division; Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Postal Inspection Service; Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police of Fairfax County; and Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge for the Washington Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), made the announcement after U.S. The plea was approved by District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
The case is being tried by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bibeane Metsch and Jay V. Prabhu.
This investigation was undertaken by the Hi-Tech Opioid Task Force of the FBI Washington Field Office, which is comprised of FBI agents and task force partners, including special agents and officers from the Office of Criminal Investigations of the Food and Drug Administration, DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and investigators from local police assistance agencies. The task force is responsible for finding and investigating the most outrageous Dark Web markets, including fentanyl, methamphetamine and other opioids, and marketplace vendors involved in the illicit procurement and sale of controlled substances.