Man Ordered 400 Oxy Pills from the Darknet

According to a news release from the Prosecutor’s Office Athens County police raided a south Athens home last week and found a marijuana grow op, several pounds of marijuana, 400 30-milligram Oxycodone pills and $30,000 cash.

Paul M. Hamilton, 34, the resident of that residence at Echo Lane (off U.S. Rt. 50/32), was arrested after the search, and charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony, according to the Friday news release. County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn alleged in the release that the Oxycodone pills were purchased using the “dark web.”

The marijuana confiscated from the grow operation had not yet been weighed, but authorities seized 10 pounds of pre-packaged, already-dried marijuana from Hamilton’s home, Blackburn said Sunday.

The marijuana confiscated from the grow operation had not yet been weighed, but authorities seized 10 pounds of pre-packaged, already-dried marijuana from Hamilton’s home, Blackburn said Sunday.

As of Sunday, Hamilton was incarcerated at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $500,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.
“Our office is driven to eliminate large suppliers of narcotics while helping those individuals suffering from addiction,” Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said in the release. “Together with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, we have made another arrest of individuals who are using the dark web to purchase drugs for distribution in Athens County.”

An Athens County grand jury also recently indicted two Iowa men for their alleged role in a drug ring involved in selling large amounts of drugs – Percocet and Oxycontin – on the “dark web” to two Ohio University students (who had already been arrested in Athens County).