You would think that the people who have vowed to serve and protect, be it nations, states or even marriages would have some decorum in their dealings, especially the illicit, but more often than not, it isn't. This appears to be the case of two U.S Army soldiers whose indiscretions have landed them in hot water for the sale of narcotics they purchased over the dark web.
The two became the subject of suspicion after an unnamed woman overdosed on the product she purchased from Howell at a rave during the Electric Zoo festival and died two days after the event. And their involvement was traced back to them after one of the defendants, Specialist Lagaria Slaughter shared some cocaine and LSD he had obtained on the dark web with an informant in 2018 for personal uses.
He established a relationship with this informant and even took him to meet with his co-conspirator, Private First Class Tanner Howell in New York who he often supplied Molly to. Slaughter also managed to recruit the informant to sell Molly and LSD for him.
Slaughter and his colleague ran a somewhat successful business venture, procuring the drugs from the dark web and even roping in people in trouble with the law to help
Faced with the information that one of his customers had passed away from an overdose, Slaughter is alleged to have shared with the informant that this was due to the victim not drinking enough water and ingesting different types of drugs at the festival she was in attendance at, essentially refusing responsibility for the mishap.
This informant would later rat him out after pleading guilty to a narcotics trafficking charge in exchange for a deal.
Earlier in April, Police searched his living quarters in the army base at Fort Drum and there discovered narcotics and packing materials ranging from 55 doses of LSD, ten capsules of Molly as well as psilocybin mushrooms. He was also discovered to have extended his services to other colleagues on the army base.
U.S AttorneyGeoffrey Berman, speaking on the matter shared,
As alleged, Lagaria Slaughter and Tanner Howell supplied the dangerous drug Molly to a young concert-goer, who overdosed and died after using Molly and other drugs. Tragically, this is not the first time my Office has charged people in connection with the overdose death of a concert-goer at the Electric Zoo festival.
In accordance with this, the two were charged with one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute Molly, a crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years of jail time. Slaughter also received an extra charge of conspiracy to distribute Molly and LSD which also carries an additional maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.