Today, for their respective positions in a conspiracy to use explosives for firebombing and kill a rival pharmacy, a Maryland Darknet seller and a Nebraska pharmacist were sentenced to a combined prison term of over 23 years.
According to court records, the co-conspirator, Hyrum T. Wilson, 41, of Auburn, Nebraska, told William Anderson Burgamy IV, 33, of Hanover, Maryland, that he would never surrender to law enforcement, that if someone showed up during the attack, he would “explode [his] [expletive] way out,” and that he would fire bullets at anyone trying to confront or arrest him, including the owner of the v. Burgamy and Wilson completely expected to strike after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted prior to Burgamy’s arrest in April 2020, which exposed and thwarted the firebombing plot.
Via the’ NeverPressedRX’ vendor account on Empire Market, Burgamy sold hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, and other regulated substances. He reported more than $1 million had been raised by his drug trafficking activity. Wilson, the owner of the Nebraksa pharmacy, supplied Burgamy with thousands of “dosage units” initially intended for his pharmacy’s customers.
Wilson had difficulty getting as many pills as Burgamy wanted because of the popularity of the NeverPressedRX vendor account. The pharmaceutical manufacturers would not significantly raise the amount of pills supplied to Wilson unless more legitimate customers began using Wilson’s pharmacy. To increase the success of Wilson’s pharmacy significantly, the partners decided to remove the only other pharmacy in the area.
They called their scheme “Operation Firewood.” After arresting Burgamy for trafficking drugs across the dark web, law enforcement learned of the plan. Investigators found text messages between Burgamy and Wilson during a review of Burgamy’s electronic devices that outlined the plot, such as:
“I may need you to give me the rundown of where you think the shit would be. What I have planned is to spray paint outside, then immediately break the door. Head in with a duffle bag and have the guy in bringing [sic] with a case of beer bottles converted into maltoff [sic] cocktails and a zippo lighter and as soon as I hop the counter with the bag he’ll throw the 4 cocktails. What do you think.”
Wilson included the location of the goal pharmacy in the text messages, and detailed the getaway strategy. According to the written plans of the pair, Burgamy and one accomplice will conduct the firebombing operation. During the assault, Burgamy and his companion would carry several weapons and wear masks. Burgamy would steal hydrocodone and oxycodone tablets after entering the pharmacy, before setting the pharmacy on fire and fleeing in a rental car.
Wilson built a “getaway” map and escape routes to be used by Burgamy to help him avoid capture by law enforcement after the firebombing. Wilson advised Burgamy to make the firebombing look as if it were committed by a fictional “pissed off husband” who knew about a fake affair involving the wife of the husband and the victim’s pharmacy pharmacist. In order to further gain from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Burgamy and Wilson have explored acquiring and supplying hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for illicit distribution purposes.
Burgamy and Wilson were sentenced, respectively, to 168 months and 112 months in jail.
This operation was part of Operation DisrupTor, an international law enforcement action targeting drug traffickers in the dark web, according to the announcement.