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sity Drug Trafficking Area.  The Strike  Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding in-  of the Complaint set forth herein,
        Force is affiliated with the DEA’s New  vestigative work of the OCDETF New  constitute only allegations, and
        York Division and includes agents and  York Strike Force and Mexico’s Secre-  every fact described herein should
        officers of the DEA; the New York City  taría de Marina.                  be treated as an allegation as to
        Police Department; the New York State                                     the defendants charged in the
        Police;  Immigration  and  Customs  En-  The  case  is  being  handled  by  the  Of-  Complaint.
        forcement – Homeland Security Inves-  fice’s Terrorism  and  International  Nar-
        tigations;  the  U.  S.  Internal  Revenue   cotics  Unit.    Assistant  United  States  2.5 Tons of Methamphetamine
        Service  Criminal  Investigation  Divi-  Attorneys  Alexander  Li,  Benjamin  and 100,000 Fentanyl Pills In-
        sion;  the  Bureau  of Alcohol, Tobacco,   Woodside Schrier, and Kyle A. Wirshba  terdicted. DEA. (n.d.). https://
        Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs   are in charge of the prosecution.  www.dea.gov/press-releas-
        and Border Protection; U.S. Secret Ser-  The charge contained in the Complaint   es/2021/02/05/25-tons-metham-
        vice;  the  U.S.  Marshals  Service;  New   is merely an allegation, and the defen-  phetamine-and-100000-fentan-
        York  National  Guard;  the  Clarkstown   dants are presumed innocent unless and   yl-pills-interdicted.
        Police  Department;  U.S.  Coast  Guard;   until proven guilty.           February 05, 2021
        Port  Washington  Police  Department;                                     Contact: Erin Mulvey
        and New York State Department of Cor-  [1] As the introductory phrase     Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
        rections and Community Supervision.         signifies, the entirety of the text of   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                             the Complaint, and the description





        Dark Web Trafficker Pleads Guilty to



        Distributing Opioids




       ALEXANDRIA,  Va.,  – A  Florida  man  for each of the counts. Actual sentences  Tech Opioid Task Force, which is com-
       pleaded  guilty  today  to  unlawfully  dis-  for federal crimes are typically less than  posed  of  task  force  partners  including
       tributing thousands of prescription opioid  the maximum penalties. A federal district  special agents and officers of the DEA,
       pills in exchange for over half a million  court judge will determine any sentence  the FBI, Food and Drug Administration’s
       dollars through the “dark web.”      after  taking  into  account  the  U.S.  Sen-  Office  of  Criminal  Investigations,  U.S.
                                            tencing  Guidelines  and  other  statutory  Postal Inspection Service, and detectives
       According to court documents, between   factors.                          from local assisting police agencies. The
       2012 and 2020, Daren James Reid, 35,                                      task  force  is  charged  with  identifying
       of Fort Lauderdale, used the dark web to  Jarod  Forget,  Special  Agent  in  Charge   and  investigating  the  most  egregious
       distribute  oxycodone.  Under  the  moni-  of  the  DEA  Washington  Division;  Raj   Dark  Web  marketplaces,  and  the  ven-
       kers “Oxyflight” and “Imperial Royalty,”  Parekh,  Acting  U.S.  Attorney  for  the   dors operating on the marketplaces who
       Reid sold over 12,000 oxycodone pills,  Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Her-  are engaged in the illegal acquisition and
       the sales of which yielded a profit of over  ring, Attorney General of Virginia; Mark   distribution of controlled substances, to
       $500,000. Reid used dark web sites such  S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge,   include fentanyl, methamphetamine, and
       as  Silk  Road, Wall  Street,  and Apollon  FDA  Office  of  Criminal  Investigations,   other opioids.
       to advertise and sell oxycodone pills of  Metro Washington Field Office; James A.
       various  strengths  and  prices.  Reid  uti-  Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of the  Dark Web Trafficker Pleads
       lized the U.S. Postal Service to illegally  FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal  Guilty to Distributing Opi-
       mail the pills to his customers across the  Division; and Antonio J. Gomez, Inspec-  oids. DEA. (n.d.). https://
       U.S. in exchange for Bitcoin payments.  tor in Charge of the Miami Division of  www.dea.gov/press-releas-
       Reid also possessed over one kilogram of  the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made  es/2021/02/09/dark-web-traffick-
       oxycodone, morphine, and other pills in a  the announcement after Senior U.S. Dis-  er-pleads-guilty-distributing-opi-
       storage facility in Florida.         trict Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the   oids.
                                            plea.  Special  Assistant  U.S.  Attorney
       Reid  pleaded  guilty  to  unlawful  distri-  Karolina  Klyuchnikova  is  prosecuting  February 09, 2021
       bution and possession with the intent to   the case.                      Contact: Public Information Officer
       distribute  oxycodone.  He  is  scheduled                                 Phone Number: (202) 305-8500
       to  be  sentenced  on  June  1  and  faces  a  This  investigation  was  conducted  by   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       maximum penalty of 20 years in prison  the  FBI  Washington  Field  Office’s  Hi-



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