A Florida man pleaded guilty to illegally selling across the darknet thousands of prescription oxycodone pills in exchange for over half a million dollars.
According to court records, Daren James Reid, 35, of Fort Lauderdale, used the Darknet to sell oxycodone between 2012 and 2020. “Reid sold over 12,000 oxycodone pills under the monikers “Oxyflight” and “Imperial Royalty,” the sales of which yielded a profit of over $500,000. Dark websites like Silk Path, Wall Street Market, and Apollon were used by Reid to market and sell oxycodone pills of different strengths and prices. Reid made use of the U.S. Postal Service in exchange for Bitcoin fees to secretly mail the pills to its clients around the U.S. In a storage facility in Florida, Reid also possessed over one kilogramme of oxycodone, morphine and other pills.
“Reid preyed upon the vulnerabilities of others by illegally distributing over half a million dollars of highly addictive opioids through dark web markets,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “EDVA, along with its law enforcement partners, will continue to investigate and hold accountable individuals who pose a significant danger to our communities by placing profits over lives.”
With the intent to sell oxycodone, Reid pleaded guilty to illegal sale and possession. He is due to be convicted on June 1 and faces a maximum term on each of the counts of 20 years in jail. 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.
Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Virginia Attorney General; Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Criminal Investigations Branch, Metro Washington Field Office; James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office of the FBI; and Antonio J. Gomez, Inspector in Charge of the Miami Division of the Criminal Division of the Miami Field Office Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement after the plea was approved by Senior U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.