Arizona Man Admits Selling Heroin on Dream Market

Jason Keith Arnold, 46, of Chandler, Arizona, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine on Dream Market under the accounts “TheSickness” and “SicknessVersion2."

Arnold, according to court documents, sold at least 4,000 grams of heroin and at least 750 grams of methamphetamine to Dream Market customers. Arnold, along with co-defendants David White, 50, and Alicia McCoy, 31, had completed more than 3,000 transactions on the marketplace.

Arnold owned the Damaged Ink tattoo shop | ABC

Arnold owned the Damaged Ink tattoo shop | ABC

The investigation was led by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force. The Task Force has had SicknessVersion2 on their “Arrested Vendor” list since the very first NCIDETF article.

The investigation into Arnold began in early 2018 when investigators conducted their first undercover purchase of “pure gunpowder heroin (uncut)” from SicknessVersion2 on Dream Market.

Arnold or someone acting on Arnold’s behalf shipped the package on May 25

On or about June 12, 2018, the parcel was delivered to the USPIS-controlled location and was opened by case agents. There was no sender name listed on the parcel. Inside the parcel were four packages of “Haribo” Gold gummy bears. Concealed within one of the packages of gummy bears was a small silver foil pouch marked with the number “5.” Inside the foil pouch was a small clear Ziploc baggie which contained a black tar like substance. Case agents field tested the black tar like substance. The black tar like substance field tested positive for heroin. The weight of the heroin, including the baggie was determined to be 6 grams.

Investigators conducted a total of four undercover purchases of heroin from SicknessVersion2. Postal Inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service identified the shipping label on the first package as part of a bulk order of shipping labels from the Post Office website. To identify Arnold, Postal Inspectors needed only a single tracking number associated with one of the packages of heroin he had shipped to federal agents.

USPS Shipping Labels

Postal Inspectors determined the tracking number was part of an online purchase of 100 prepaid USPS Priority Mail shipping labels purchased on May 15, 2018. The customer had used the username “jasoncka23.” The customer had accessed the USPS website from the I.P. address And the customer had used the name Jason Arnold and had provided the Postal Service with his real address in Chandler, Arizona.

Of the 100 labels purchased on May 15, 98 had entered the mail stream. Of the 98 labels, 95 had full and/or partial destination address location information. Of these 95, there were approximately 86 different mailing destination addresses throughout the United States. All of the packages had entered the mail stream from in or around the same part of Arizona.

Records from the Postal Service connected Arnold to the purchase of 1,000 labels from approximately April 9, 2018 to November 2 , 2018. Some of those labels had the same or similar return addresses as the packages received by the investigators. In addition to the above USPS purchases made by Arnold, investigators identified Arnold’s USPS “ClicknShip” account. Between May 11, 2018 and June 1 5, 2018, the account had shipped more than 130 packages internationally to addresses in France, Canada, Bangladesh, and other countries.

Stamp Purchases

Investigators learned about the co-conspirators after a USPS employee at a Post Office in Gilbert, Arizona, had flagged a suspicious purchase by an individual later identified as David White. White had purchased $100 worth of “Sleeping Bear Dunes Priority Express stamps.” The same USPS employee, later that day, noticed at least ten packages in the blue collection boxes that had the same Sleeping Bear Dunes stamps. The packages were addressed to various U.S. cities and had fictional return addresses.

White later returned to the same Post Office and purchased $300 of the same stamps. The USPS employee noted the license plate of the Dodge Charger that had dropped White off at the Post Office and later had picked him up. The vehicle belonged to the mother of Arnold’s girlfriend, according to investigators who saw surveillance footage from the Post Office.

Footage of White buying stamps

Footage of White buying stamps

Later, in December 26, 2018, the USPS employee in Arizona advised agents that a female customer had purchased the same Sleeping Bear Dunes Express stamps and then left the Post Office in the same Dodge Charger used by White. They later identified the female as Alicia McCoy. The vehicle later returned to the Post Office and White dropped several packages into a USPS collection box. The USPS employee pulled all the mail from the collection box and set White’s packages aside for investigators.

Coinbase and Gmail

Investigators obtained records from Coinbase for accounts associated with Arnold as well as an account linked to McCoy and one linked to White. The records from Coinbase included all the usual information, including the email address Arnold had used with his USPS account. Arnold also self-identified his bank account nickname in Coinbase as “Wells Fargo — Sickness.” Arnold had traded $143,000 worth of Bitcoin using Coinbase. Both White and McCoy had sold about $50,000 worth of Bitcoin.

Arnold and his co-conspirators used Coinbase

Arnold and his co-conspirators used Coinbase

Google also provided investigators with records associated with Arnold’s Gmail address. Arnold had regularly accessed the Gmail account from the same I.P. address that he had used to purchase labels from the USPS website.

Physical Surveillance

On December 28, 2018, case agents conducted surveillance at the Chandler Springs Post Office. They observed as McCoy parked the black Charger at the Post Office and entered the building. Case agents followed McCoy inside the building and witnessed her purchase ten Priority Mail stamps and twenty Express Mail for a total purchase of $561.00. McCoy then returned to the vehicle and put on latex gloves. After spending six minutes in the vehicle, McCoy circled back through the parking lot and stuffed Express Mail envelopes into the blue collection box. She was still wearing the latex gloves.

On February 5, 2019, case agents observed Arnold driving his vehicle (identified as “subject vehicle 2” ) and White driving his vehicle (“subject vehicle 4”). Both vehicles were driving in tandem and arrived at a US post office in Chandler, Arizona. Arnold dropped packages into the collection boxes outside of the Post Office and then parked in front of the building. White parked behind Arnold and then entered the Post Office. He left minutes later with dozens of USPS mailers.

Arnold was arrested on February 20, 2019.

According to U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, charges against Arnold’s co-conspirators are still pending. Arnold faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on May 11.

Plea Agreement - Jason Arnold (.pdf) (.png)

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fa9656b0 Sat, Mar 7, 2020

“Later… the USPS employee in Arizona advised agents again..”

this guy

d0ebbb60 Sat, Mar 7, 2020

Too many OpSec fuckups, no wonder he’s got caught

57097690 Sat, Mar 7, 2020

Forget “that” guy, how about the three idiots who did everything wrong? Just look at Arnold. If that’s not a “deer caught in the headlights” gaze, I don’t know what is!

This is “Darknet Vending 101” - An example of all the wrong ways to ship.

e7fa3e80 Sat, Mar 7, 2020

Low hanging fruit x1000000000. At least TRY to not get caught.

1fca8ba0 Sat, Mar 7, 2020

How can you be so stupid? So many OPSEC fuckups! Come on bro..

d5cc6360 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

Absolute fucking idiot.

518ae140 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

rookie of the year

1b291ed0 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

How not to be a vendor.

0f319a30 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

this is a good lesson for new vendors

cf6fd210 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

if your a vendor always keep pre purchased postage usps fedex ups dhl road runner etc. how do you think kashian went down loony head was purchasing 36 dolla stamps hey come for you you hand them a man or women doing worse

f62221b0 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

he ADMITS he did it how dumb can you be to tell on yourself

d72eadd0 Mon, Mar 9, 2020

He might as well have just set up a little heroin stand in front of the post office.

1930a840 Fri, Mar 13, 2020

That guy up top does Meth and Heroin?! Never would have guessed….can’t imagine that guy arousing suspicion. Jesus titty fucking christ, but thanks for taking it for the team ya burnt up junkies.

4b2c3850 Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Who would have ever guessed that burnt up junkie would be in to Meth and Heroin? I can’t believe someone looking that fucking stupid would arouse suspicion and not be a super genius.

db300a80 Sat, Mar 14, 2020

Stuffing envelopes wearing latex gloves in front of a post office? Really?
Buying postal labels online using Gmail? Really?
Buying special stamps and posting from the same office? Really?
Using Coinbase to cash out drug money? Really?

d0d9f320 Wed, Mar 18, 2020

I bought from him once. I ordered a gram or so of meth. He sent me a gram or so of Heroin. I trashed the heroin. Def not into that shit. At least he fixed his mistake. Shit was mediocre at best. He went in and out of vacation mode shortly after. Guess I got lucky on that one.

91141350 Sat, Jul 4, 2020

that heroin was super trash, and i believe cut with fentanyl. i ended up throwing it out in the midst of a full blown opiate addiction to go to my local guy. barely got me well

711e8560 Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Man swear his shit was legit I don’t know why people are complaining. When he gets out I’ll buy from this cat again. 5 star ⭐️ like in ebay

65b6c7a0 Thu, Aug 27, 2020

It’s sad, I worked with Arnold for awhile and he was one of the nicest guys I’ve met. Crazy seeing this shit blow up and hearing it all, he got messed up in shit he just didn’t know about it seems.

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