Fentmaster AlphaBay vendor, sentenced to 15 years for overdose death and more

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Sentenced to 15 Years, AlphaBay vendor responsible for 18-year-old overdose death.



CHUKWUEMEKA OKPARAEKE, 32, Middletown, New York, aka "Emeka", was sentenced to 180 months in prison today by United States Attorney Audrey Strauss for importing and trafficking fentanyl analogues and other synthetic opioids through the dark web. In addition to distributing AH-7921 analogue U-47700 and importing acryl fentanyl from Hong Kong, OKPARAEKE admitted to making false statements regarding the proceeds from his crimes. The "Victim" was an 18-year-old individual (OKPARAEKE) who died from a drug overdose after being sold U-47700 by OKPARAEKE. He also admitted to possessing over 9 kilograms of acryl fentanyl, nearly 6 kilograms of U-47700, and over one kilogram of furanyl fentanyl, as well as 12 grams of 4-ANPP in his narcotics possession. U.S. federal court in White Plains sentenced Okparaeke. OKPARAEKE previously entered a guilty plea before District Judge Nelson Román.

According to U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss: “Chukwuemeka Okparaeke previously admitted that he peddled highly addictive opioids over the darknet, including to an 18-year-old who died from them. Okparaeke also lied to agents and prosecutors about the whereabouts of Bitcoins representing millions of dollars in poison-peddling proceeds. Now Okparaeke will forfeit those proceeds and go to prison for his crimes.”

The following is according to the allegations contained in the superseding information, the complaint, other court filings and statements made during public court hearings:

The company imported kilograms of fentanyl analogues, such as acryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl and other synthetic opioids into the United States from Hong Kong and China between July 2016 and March 2017. Okayparaeke used the darknet website AlphaBay Market to transact with customers and coordinate his narcotics sales. In addition to the 7,000 synthetic opioids he sold via AlphaBay, OKPARAEKE shipped some of them over the U.S. mail system using the company name "Fentmaster." USPS. At least 680.60963624 Bitcoins were generated from OKPARAEKE's narcotics trafficking, worth millions of dollars.

The victim, an 18-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, bought 3 grams of U-47700 from OKPARAEKE in an AlphaBay transaction in November 2016. Using the drugs purchased from OKPARAEKE, the victim died of a U-47700 overdose on November 10, 2016.

During his time as a medical student, Okparaeke enrolled in a medical program before beginning to sell synthetic opioids on AlphaBay. His criminal activities were described in a short story that he published, as well as his strategies for evading law enforcement. He boasted online about his exploits as a darknet drug smuggler. Customs and Border Protection "CBP", Homeland Security Investigations "HSI" and United States Postal Inspection Service "USPIS" intercepted several packages that contained kilograms of fentanyl analogues that OKPARAEKE imported from Hong Kong in January 2017. OKPARAEKE was then investigated for maintaining a drug premises in Kearny, New Jersey in March 2017. Over 10 kilograms of U-47700, acryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, as well as four ANPPs and 82 mailing envelopes containing smaller quantities of those substances, was seized during the search.

Okparaeke and representatives of the United States met in New York City's Southern District Attorney's Office on 15 September 2020. OkPARAEKE falsely claimed that a third party had stolen the approximately 680 Bitcoins generated by his narcotics sales on AlphaBay from him through hacking and other unauthorized access to OKPARAEKE's electronic accounts at the time of the meeting. As part of his plea agreement, OKPARAEKE surrendered the 680 Bitcoins to USPIS and agreed to forfeit those proceeds.

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  1. August 1, 2021 at 7:40 pm boredofdread

    damn, the peiple who wake drugs should also be responsive if they die using them, why charge other people for their death?

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