Men Selling Fake Oxycodone Containing Fentanyl on the Dark Web: DOJ

A California man and an alleged Texas accomplice face life in prison after they were charged with going on the dark web to sell 120,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to thousands of unsuspecting customers across the country, officials said.

A 19-member federal grand jury indictment found Michael Ta, 24, of Westminster, Calif., and Houston resident Rajiv Srinivasan, 37, on “conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine.” charged. The US Department of Justice announced this in a press release on Friday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Srinivasan allegedly sold the drugs on Darkode, a dark web forum notoriously used for cybercrime.

Through the forum and an encrypted messaging app, they sold 123,188 fentanyl pills, more than 143 kilograms of methamphetamine, black tar heroine and cocaine, according to the indictment. Around 7,000 of these pills were allegedly sold between February and November to an undercover agent posing as a customer.

According to the indictment, once Srinivasan received payments, he funneled money through cryptocurrency exchanges.

Ta is accused of running the process of fulfilling orders, including acquiring, storing and distributing pill packs, while Srinivasan was collecting payment.

Srinivasan was to be taken from Texas to California to stand trial. Ta was released on bail. His arraignment is December 22nd. Men Selling Fake Oxycodone Containing Fentanyl on the Dark Web: DOJ


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