Two New Jersey residents were arrested for operating a rogue Internet mail order pharmacy. The rogue site was identified following the overdose death of a victim in Boise, Idaho, on or about March 17, 2017. The victim’s computer showed that he had repeatedly ordered painkillers from the rogue website, and that he had wired thousands of dollars to a bank account in connection with these purchases.
Law enforcement subsequently discovered that this bank account was being used by the defendants. Bank records showed that this bank account and several others had received over $750,000 in apparent narcotics proceeds, and that the defendants had withdrawn hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from these accounts, and had also used these bank accounts to pay for costs associated with the drug distribution operation, including the costs of shipping controlled substances.
The defendants were charged on July 7th with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and more than 40 grams of the fentanyl analogue U-47700, distribution of controlled substances over the Internet, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in connection with a large-scale drug distribution operation purporting to be an online pharmacy.