Police reported that two women and two men were part of a drug transfer, which involved transporting garbage bags filled with medicines and sending them through individual parcels from a post office, in preparation for their sale on the dark web.
According to police, an investigation began in 2018 with Victor Hernandez of Detroit, and according to a criminal complaint on August 22, a father was suspected of working as a large-scale drug dealer on the dark web.
Police said that their vendor opiateconnect has been operating since 2016 in most dark web markets, where court records show they sell large quantities of pure cocaine and Zacks compressed, and sales were made on the seller’s onion website and via Jabber direct messages.
The police added that Hernandez-Taylor was one of the most active members of opiateconnect, often seen at suspected drug processing and packaging sites.
When Hernandez-Taylor left the packaging and processing sites, she carried one or more garbage bags filled with medicine parcels to send to dark web customers across the United States, where police noticed these parcels being mailed and confiscated, most of which contained drugs sold through the organization.
On 2 December, Alvarez-Garcia went to Lincoln Park Post Office holding a black garbage bag and entered and mailed 13 parcels.
Police added that four days later a similar exchange was observed between Hernandez-Taylor and Alvarez-Garcia, carrying several black garbage bags to the same post office and sending about 24 packages of different sizes.
At that time and shortly after Garcia’s left the Post Office, a special agent entered the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s Office and examined the packages it mailed, where 1,221 compressed blue B707 items, containing clonazolam, were found and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medical use in the United States.
Police continued that on 18 January they saw Hernandez-Taylor driving her Fusion to 5800 Block Road in Detroit, followed by an old red Chevrolet driven by Rivas.
Police officials believed she was trying to mislead them, but returned with her to Garcia’s home in Lincoln Park, where she opened the trunk of the car, took out two full bags, and Garcia grabbed a third garbage bag from the back of Fusion, put it in the front seat of his jeep, drove to the post office and sent dozens of parcels.
After Alvarez-Garcia left the post office he checked the same special agent on one of the packages and found 111 blue B707 and alprazolam like those listed on the dark web by opiateconnect.
According to the police, the mailing of medicines was repeated on 7 February in the same way.
The police then made a covert purchase of cocaine from opiateconnect on February 18, and the order was for 3.5 grams of cocaine for $275 where the purchase was made using bitcoin.
On 23 February, the special agent found the package addressed to the designated site for the purchase of cocaine, where the package was opened with cocaine ordered by the police from opiateconnect, where the Michigan State Police Lab confirmed the substance as cocaine.
On 8 March, officials obtained permission for electronic surveillance of the Hernandez-Taylor vehicle, where surveillance continued until August/App. On 30 April, police also began the process of purchasing covert cocaine from opiateconnect on the operation’s online website.
The gang followed the same method but by different cars, and as usual, the drugs were transported through black garbage bags to the post office and sent packages.
The criminal complaint concludes that there is probable cause to charge Hernandez-Taylor with possession and possession of controlled narcotic substances for trafficking.