Presiding over a fentanyl case recently, District JudgeC. Darnell Jones II sentenced Stephen Stroh to serve 17 and a half years in prison while accomplice, Vaughan Reiser was given six and a half years.
In 2017, Customs agents intercepted a package from China which they discovered contained about 500 grams of fentanyl. The drugs were en route to a man identified as Stephen Stroh, a 56-year old man from Pennsylvania and Homeland Security agents quickly intervened and questioned him at a parking lot. In their meeting, he confessed to importing fentanyl from China and offered to give them information on his co-conspirator, whom he was in the business with.
They had in their possession bulk quantities of fentanyl amongst other drugs
This individual was identified as 21-year oldVaughan Reiser, another resident of Pennsylvania, and following this revelation, law enforcement conducted a search of his residence where they found bulk quantities of fentanyl and over 70,000 drugs in pill form. He also had in his home ledgers containing data on drug transactions, dealers and darkweb account details.
Taken in by law enforcement, he also came clean with the authorities and confessed to having stashed bulk quantities of drugs including fentanyl furanyl amongst others in a warehouse in Clifton Heights. The duo compared their operation and relationship as similar to that of two characters in a TV show, Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White.
Consequent searches at the places mentioned, including one Stroh himself with agents – a lab hidden in Kenneth Square, came up with kilograms of drugs ranging from methamphetamine, Adderall, Xanax, fake Oxy laced with fentanyl, binding agents they used in pressing pills, pill presses, pharmaceutical mixers amongst others.
Over the course of the investigations, law enforcement was able to estimate that the duo had collectively produced over 30,000 fake Xanax pills, 60,000 fake Adderall, and about 100,000 Oxycodone pills which they made laced with Fentanyl.
All drugs and drug equipment found during the searches conducted by law enforcement were confiscated, and the two arrested.
They maintained that they operated mainly over the darkweb and sold to and bought from other vendors on darkweb markets.