A California woman has been indicted in Illinois for distributing drugs through the use of the “dark web,” according to the Southern District of Illinois’ U.S. Attorney’s Office. The woman, who is from San Diego, is known as the “Drug Llama” to her customers on the dark web and is accused of distributing over 50,000 misbranded fentanyl pills throughout the country. Her charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Fentanyl Pills Linked to Death of Two in California
The 31-year-old woman was arrested in San Diego and was ordered detained pending her move to Illinois because she was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community. Pills that the woman sold are also believed to be linked to two overdose deaths in San Diego County: a 10-month-old boy and a 41-year-old woman. Both overdose cases occurred in September 2017. Fentanyl is a synthetic form of heroin that is extremely cheap and easy to make, but is extremely dangerous. The drug can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin and a lethal dose can be the same size as a pinch of salt.
Pills Supposedly Came From Mexico
According to the investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the fentanyl pills were smuggled into the country from a drug cartel in Mexico and then sold on the dark web and shipped throughout the country in the mail. Undercover agents purchased nine items from the woman between April and July. The fentanyl pills that the woman sold the agents were called “pressed blues,” pills disguised as oxycodone and stamped with “M30.” The indictment states that she trafficked the fentanyl since October 2016.
“Drug Llama” Sold Pills Through the Dark Web
The dark web is an online marketplace where criminals use anonymous web browsers and cryptocurrencies to buy, sell, and trade illegal goods and services. The dark web is unreachable by your typical web browsers and search engines, and it can only be reached by using software capable of connecting to “The Onion Router” (TOR), an encrypted network that conceals the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of computers that access the network.
A Joliet Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Can Help
With the opioid epidemic happening around the country, drug crimes are being punished stricter than ever. If you are facing criminal charges for a drug crime, you need the immediate help of a Will County drug crimes defense attorney. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you defend against these charges. With experience as a former Will County prosecutor, Mr. Zaremba knows how these crimes are handled and can help you work toward the most desirable outcome. Call the office at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.