“BudgetBudsExpress” Admits Selling Marijuana on Dream Market


Eric Friccero, a 29-year-old from Arbuckle, California, admitted selling marijuana on Dream Market under the username “BudgetBudsExpress,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Friccero admitted a single count of possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott. The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDE) unsurprisingly led the investigation into Friccero. BudgetBudsExpress was one of the first few vendor accounts added to the task force’s list of arrested vendors.

At some point, this site will need a filter for NCIDETF cases.

Arrested Darknet Vendors | NCIDETF

Arrested Darknet Vendors | NCIDETF

The Dream Market profile for BudgetBudsExpress is fairly impressive as far as transaction history goes. Records show 4,100 completed transaction on Dream Market alone with an average rating of 4.89. Below is an archived copy of the vendor’s Deam Market profile taken after Dream had ended operations.

Dream Market Archive for budgetbudsexpress
Created at: 2017-07-20 00:00:00
Total Feedback: 4100
Rating: 4.89
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Dream Market Reviews for budgetbudsexpress
Rating: 1
Message: Order marked as sent but never was then went on vacation will change my review if and when this actually gets fixed
Timestamp: 2019-02-08 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: No comms and never shipped, disappointing after several smooth transactions
Timestamp: 2019-01-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Thanks!
Timestamp: 2019-01-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Thanks!
Timestamp: 2019-01-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Quick Shipping as always. Appreciate it.
Timestamp: 2019-01-28 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Fantastic, ordered with another item.
Timestamp: 2019-01-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Dope, ordered a combo of this and another thing. Perfect, good work.
Timestamp: 2019-01-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: this shatter is phenomenal and that price cant be beat. That black cherry cheesecake is amazing. Great work Budgetbuds!
Timestamp: 2019-01-25 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 3DD! The Best distillate!
Timestamp: 2019-01-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: came quickly, well packaged good stuff!
Timestamp: 2019-01-23 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: perfect
Timestamp: 2019-01-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Super fast delivery, quality
Timestamp: 2019-01-25 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Best vendor
Timestamp: 2019-01-22 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: Been almost two week with half of one of those weeks just waiting for comms that never came. Still no package, no response to messages on Protonmail, Dream, and Dread. Selective Scammer.
Timestamp: 2019-01-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: High quality, thanks!
Timestamp: 2019-01-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: A++ Vendor! Great product and stealth shipping! Highly recommend! #Trusted
Timestamp: 2019-01-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE trusted vendor. 3 days to door with shatter, got the carts ai asked for, thank you! Have yet to try, will try to remember to update after doing so. Update: Not the most potent I've had but definitely quality carts.
Timestamp: 2019-01-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE trusted vendor. 3 days to door, overweight and even clearer product, thank you!
Timestamp: 2019-01-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great and fast!
Timestamp: 2019-01-25 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Awesome - 3rd time and will order again
Timestamp: 2019-01-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: arrived as described
Timestamp: 2019-01-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: The best!
Timestamp: 2019-01-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE for trusted seller. will update when it arrives. Update: its alright.. not shatter really. not even pull and snap unless you've had it in the fridge or freezer. still good as far as THC content but just more tacky/stringy than I was expecting. so hard to find truly stable shatter on here. I thought maybe I would get the good stuff for FE but not really the case. might buy again but wont be FE in case the product takes a turn even further for the worse and I get some intolerable black oozy shit. guess I need to start buying from more expensive ads for the quality I want.
Timestamp: 2019-01-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE For my favorite vendor! Thank you so much!
Timestamp: 2019-01-19 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: All around Amazing Highly Recommend this vendor
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE will update These guys get it. Safety, quality, value, and sense of urgency. May the luck alway be in your teams favor.
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE will update. These guys get it. Safety, quality, value, and sense of urgency. May the luck alway be in your teams favor. These carts are perfect in every way.
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Perfect. Fast shipping
Timestamp: 2019-01-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Gas. Price/Performance is unbeatable. If you're reselling this is the way to go.
Timestamp: 2019-01-16 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: quick and this time it was packaged right :)
Timestamp: 2019-01-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Carts and oil are high quality, Smooth, strong hits. Will for sure order again! A++
Timestamp: 2019-01-16 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Most consistent. Potent every time. FE for excellent service. Love the mix of flavors.
Timestamp: 2019-01-14 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: good
Timestamp: 2019-01-14 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: This is the third or fourth time I've ordered this and it was good as always.
Timestamp: 2019-01-18 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE'd based on ratings and reviews. and great price. will update when product is received.
Timestamp: 2019-01-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Love them!
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-16 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Carts are nice and professional, and potent oil (that's important!). Can't go wrong with these, try it out!
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Fast delivery, great products, great customer support. Four 3.5g shatter packs smell and smoke fantastic. Been a customer for a year and never an issue!
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Good product fast shipping
Timestamp: 2019-01-15 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Always the most consistent and quick vendor I can find. The rogue wreck was super tasty and all were about equal potency, although the black cherry cheesecake tasted slightly off, not bad, but tasted just like some Carl Sagan that came in a previous shipment. Maybe not fully grown/developed terps? Would be my only guess is that the plants are harvested just slightly before peak time. Doesn't seem to affect potency at all, and still dabs well. Just wanted to mention it..
Timestamp: 2019-01-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: A+ 2 days to door. always takes care of me
Timestamp: 2019-01-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great vendor! Fast Shipping! Straight Fire! Thx BBE!!
Timestamp: 2019-01-07 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 3dd best quality
Timestamp: 2019-01-07 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE for my most trusted vendor! Thank you for another year of reliable service!
Timestamp: 2019-01-04 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Product is always good just some problems with wrapping :(
Timestamp: 2019-01-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great shatter and quick shipping!
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE, will update when package arrives :) UPDATE: 6DD! Best carts I've ever had IMO. Peak quality, no resistance, and a clean look. Not to mention the oil hits incredibly hard, will be back very soon
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE, will update when package arrives :) UPDATE: 6DD! Juul pods work great and packaging is very nice, will be back very soon
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 10/10 Never lets me down will be returning recommend FE!! and bud is mid quality has a nice nose on it wont have a problem reselling
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message:
Timestamp: 2019-01-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: It's like having the dispo on speed dial
Timestamp: 2019-01-02 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Came in two days, and it was absolutely fire!!!! Was blown away by the quality.
Timestamp: 2019-01-02 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Awesome vendor!
Timestamp: 2019-01-02 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: fire product, however, one of the 1/8's was really thin and was tough hardening up
Timestamp: 2018-12-31 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Quick delivery, quality product, delivered exactly what was requested in strain terms, and couldn't be happier with the transaction. Would HIGHly recommend!
Timestamp: 2018-12-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Excellent as always, will come back for more when i need it
Timestamp: 2019-01-05 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: vendor made contact. product came late with a little extra. product is always good.
Timestamp: 2018-12-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: vendor made contact. product came late with a little extra. product is always good.
Timestamp: 2018-12-29 00:00:00

Rating: 3
Message: Took a long time to receive my package, but eventually got it.
Timestamp: 2018-12-28 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: well it's been over two weeks and my order hasn't shown up and the vendor hasn't been responding to my questions, so definitely don't opt for no escrow if you really want to order from them
Timestamp: 2018-12-28 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: Package never came. I reached out vendor and he said he would check on it but never heard back. Very unfortunate as i have gone through this vendor countless times with no issue.
Timestamp: 2018-12-28 00:00:00

Rating: 4
Message: Was late
Timestamp: 2018-12-28 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: Got the wrong product. Trying to reach vender. Please respond. EDIT: Trying to get a reply by changing the rating. Lets see if that works and then I will change it back. :) EDIT2: He has now responded and is making things right! :)
Timestamp: 2018-12-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Very good product honestly
Timestamp: 2018-12-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 5/5
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Showed up in four days. Great for the pricing, and the packaging is a nice touch. Thanks!!
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: outstanding
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 6dd best quality
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 6dd great quality
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 6dd great quality awesome value
Timestamp: 2018-12-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: ordered on tuesday, came in on friday. product seems nice. definitely going to come back for more!
Timestamp: 2018-12-25 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 3DD EC. Put in hot water to get out
Timestamp: 2018-12-25 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great. Quick and good product
Timestamp: 2018-12-31 00:00:00

Rating: 2
Message: Maybe my 10th order from this guy. Worst by millions. Pure tane soup lost more than half out the pack of both and pops in the banger and taste like nail polish. Got girlscout cookies and Clementine one is slightly less shitty than the other.
Timestamp: 2018-12-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Awesome seller, fast shipping and great products
Timestamp: 2018-12-23 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: JUUL pods work great, and look perfect
Timestamp: 2018-12-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: great
Timestamp: 2018-12-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: straight fire
Timestamp: 2018-12-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: straight fire
Timestamp: 2018-12-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 10/10 experience. Arrived in 3 days even with the holidays. Product was exactly as descibed. Will be buying again,
Timestamp: 2018-12-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2019-01-01 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: amazing stable as always
Timestamp: 2018-12-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great product as always, A+++ service
Timestamp: 2018-12-18 00:00:00

Rating: 4
Message: Seedy, shipping was fine
Timestamp: 2018-12-18 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Arrived fast! Thanks again!
Timestamp: 2018-12-18 00:00:00

Rating: 3
Message: Sent me the wrong flavor, kinda irritating.
Timestamp: 2018-12-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: A+++ always FE
Timestamp: 2018-12-16 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: A+ above and beyond the best vendor on here!
Timestamp: 2018-12-16 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-16 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: Have had success with these guys before but I seem to have been robbed on a direct deal I'll be sure to clean up this review if vendor ever communicates. UPDATE: vendor responded after a full week and told me to take the licks like a man and bitch to someone else" real good form. Avoid this guy it's a buyer's market.
Timestamp: 2018-12-14 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: I FE'd but never received package. Seller did eventually track package which apparently went missing. My bad fortune...
Timestamp: 2018-12-14 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 5DD. Product good as always. Thank you.
Timestamp: 2018-12-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FAVORITE VENDOR, I KEEP COMING BACK FOR THE CRUMBLE
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: perfect
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: best bang for the buck anywhere
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: fe
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: fe
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 4
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE will update
Timestamp: 2018-12-12 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Super fast shipping!
Timestamp: 2018-12-13 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great products and service!
Timestamp: 2018-12-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FIRE as always, the black trinity is on point. BBE continues to exceed expectations in all facets, and I've had continued business for more than 6 months. Thanks for the Juul pod also! Very tasty and hits very well on my juul.
Timestamp: 2018-12-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: You'll never go wrong with BBE, always the best concentrates for super cheap and fast fast fast shipping times. The black trinity is incredible, top shelf quality.
Timestamp: 2018-12-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Got a free vape cartridge. Make sure to weigh your stuff because they tend to give you quite a bit extra. Arrived in 3 days, perfect packaging and stealth
Timestamp: 2018-12-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: I'll be honest, the oil is a little bit harsh on the throat when hitting, but for the price I would absolutely buy again and recommend to someone else. It may not hit as smooth as more expensive carts but it gets you high and again for the price you cant really complain.
Timestamp: 2018-12-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE'd early for reliable service!!
Timestamp: 2018-12-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Love these guys man! So happy they started just making their own carts. Keep the fire coming gents and enjoy the holidays guys! FE for the win. Stay high...
Timestamp: 2018-12-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE
Timestamp: 2018-12-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Always satisfied with this vendor. I ordered the Dispensary shatter pack and got multiple strains, great nose on them and it smokes smooth. Super effective as medicine. Don't sleep on this vendor
Timestamp: 2018-12-06 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: sorry for finalizing late was awesome
Timestamp: 2018-12-15 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great stuff
Timestamp: 2018-12-10 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: amazing vendor, great stealth, fantastic product. a 7g shatter pack went missing and budgetbuds made up for it by including an extra pack in my most recent purchase to make up for the missing one. Best shatter/crumble vendor on dream. keep it up budgetbuds!
Timestamp: 2018-12-04 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: All good
Timestamp: 2018-12-04 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE for trusted seller
Timestamp: 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-02 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Enter your comments here
Timestamp: 2018-12-02 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Hands down the best vendor on DM
Timestamp: 2018-11-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Came quickly and looks lovely. Thanks!
Timestamp: 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 7dd best quality
Timestamp: 2018-11-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 7dd best quality
Timestamp: 2018-11-29 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Finalized early because of all the great reviews. Hopefully the product is as fire as it is said to be. Other than that great vendor so far. Will update when recieved. Update: Product is amazing, great trusted vendor,FE for sure.
Timestamp: 2018-11-28 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Arrived fast and in perfect order! Thanks once more!
Timestamp: 2018-11-30 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message:
Timestamp: 2018-11-28 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: fast delivery, tasty terps <3
Timestamp: 2018-12-03 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Ordered 5X Strawnana, quality is great, shipping is quick and the price is good. Cant really ask for much more, def reccomend
Timestamp: 2018-11-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE for my all-time favorite vendor on any marketplace! Thank you for the continued service! You are the man!!!
Timestamp: 2018-11-27 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-12-09 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: awesome product - good stealth - will order again
Timestamp: 2018-11-26 00:00:00

Rating: 4
Message: Update. I got the pack 2 weeks after FE. Bud looks good.
Timestamp: 2018-11-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-26 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: Took more long to arrive, but product is good quality, stealth too, and bbe keep doing good job.EDIT2:Product came in correct weight and fine quality, but first order had no seeds, this last one had seeds EVERYWHERE, like come on...Edit3: Vendor offered to make it right by sending some of their new batch, I am on the wait now...Edit4: Several days passed and he did not send me nothing yet.
Timestamp: 2018-11-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE'd and got my delivery even given the dip. Thank you good sir.
Timestamp: 2018-11-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Excellent as always! Thank you!
Timestamp: 2018-11-23 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-22 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: not stable but if you throw it in the freezer for a minute you get some nice shatter, good flavor. great packaging. quick shipping. good as always!
Timestamp: 2018-11-22 00:00:00

Rating: 1
Message: THIS SHIT IS GARBAGE MAN COME ON. GAVE ME 7 GRAMS OF TRIM WAX DARK BROWN DOO DOO. I WON'T BE ORDERING FROM YOU AGAIN.
Timestamp: 2018-11-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: insane shipping - slightly messing but good flavors
Timestamp: 2018-11-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Amazing product as always. Very tasty and strong.
Timestamp: 2018-11-19 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: BBE is my trusted vender. I always FE for BBE! My pak arrived 4DD to EC even on Thanksgiving week! WoW! If you need great smoke then BudgetBudsExpress is your guy!
Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: BBE is my trusted vender. I always FE for BBE! Fast Thanksgiving shipping and The carts are fire!! Why buy from anyone else?!?
Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-26 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Really sorry for the late review! Vendor is on point and distillate is of the highest quality.
Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE FOR TRUSTED VENDOR GET ME RIGHT BUDGETBUDS! Update came in jars! Awesome looks good.
Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Came in the amount of time after order was accepted. Good product.
Timestamp: 2018-11-21 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 3DD! Always the BEST!
Timestamp: 2018-11-24 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: 6 days tor to door and that's including thanksgiving. and holy moly, the shatter is amazing! really light golden
Timestamp: 2018-11-16 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE, trusted seller. Hope It ships fast this time
Timestamp: 2018-11-15 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE, great product, fast shipping and good stealth 5/5 !
Timestamp: 2018-11-19 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-15 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Great stuff
Timestamp: 2018-11-28 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: Only Gets Better. Most Consistent On DM
Timestamp: 2018-11-13 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: A+
Timestamp: 2018-11-20 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: budgetbudsexpress HAS HEREBY EARNED OUR APPROVAL AND RECOMMENDATION Outstanding Product!! Outstanding Prices!! Outstanding Weight!! Outstanding Shipping!! ALL AROUND OUTSTANDING VENDOR. DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS!!
Timestamp: 2018-11-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
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Timestamp: 2018-11-11 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: FE early for trusted seller
Timestamp: 2018-11-11 00:00:00

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Timestamp: 2018-11-17 00:00:00

Rating: 5
Message: All good
Timestamp: 2018-11-24 00:00:00

Statement of Facts

Beginning no later than in or around July 2017, and continuing to on or about January 31, 2019, in the County of Colusa, within the State and Eastern District of California and elsewhere, Eric Friccero did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, section 841(b)(1)(D) (Possession with Intent to Distribute at Least 50 kilograms of Marijuana). Using various vendor accounts, including “BudgetBudsExpress,” Friccero distributed marijuana to customers throughout the United States via Darkweb marketplaces. On January 31, 2019, law enforcement searched Friccero’s residence and business and located marijuana that was stored for sale on the Darkweb.

The Darkweb is an encrypted network, within the internet, which allows for users and websites to operate anonymously. Darknet marketplaces are websites that facilitate the anonymous exchange of illegal goods, such as marijuana and other illegal drugs, for cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin. The administrators of Darknet marketplaces take a percentage of the sale price of illegal goods as a commission.

The government has obtained records of Friccero’s historical sales statistics through reviews of Friccero’s product pages on the Darkweb and seized databases. Through the process of obtaining and then selling marijuana to users across the United States through Darkweb marketplaces, Friccero possessed, with intent to distribute, at least 70 kilograms of marijuana. This figure was calculated by adding the total estimated weight of marijuana sold by Friccero on the Darkweb to the amount of marijuana found at his residence and business, and taking into account possible weight and quantification errors. Friccero admits that the Bitcoin and cash seized from his residence were proceeds of his historical sales of marijuana on the Darkweb.

United States vs. Friccero

United States vs. Friccero


Investigation

The NCIDETF launched an investigation into Friccero in July 2018. The task force, according to DEA Special Agent Jason Chin, targeted a prolific vendor of marijuana products on Dream Market: BudgetBudsExpress. BudgetBudsExpress had listings for cartridges, distillates, shatter, crumble, and bud. The criminal complaint noted the vendor’s use of Dread for customer service.

NCIDETF is watching

NCIDETF is watching

Return Addresses

On July 9, 2018, a FBI Special Agent placed an undercover purchase of a half-pound of marijuana from VENDOR-1 on the Dream Marketplace and had the parcel sent to a P.O. Box controlled by the USPIS located in another State. The undercover buy was conducted using Bitcoin as payment. On July 20, 2018, investigators opened the package purchased from VENDOR-1 and discovered suspected marijuana weighing approximately 261 grams including the packaging. The package bore the return address of “CHRISTIAN LONG 3423 DIXIELAND WAY RANCHO CORDOVA CA 95670-7333.” The package was shipped on July 12, 2018 from the U.S. Post Office located at 1618 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, California. An Internet search for open source records on address 3423 Dixieland Way, Rancho Cordova, California revealed that the address was a real physical address for a residence and returned an active for sale listing for the property.

On July 25, 2018, an FBI Special Agent placed another order for marijuana from BudgetBudsExpress. The return address on the second package also matched the address of another residence with an active sale listing.

Surveillance footage

Based on the return label information and characteristics of the package from the July 9, 2018 undercover order, USPIS inspectors were able to determine through the analysis of U.S. Postal databases and surveillance camera footage that VENDOR-I was mailing packages on a daily basis from the Sacramento area. Furthermore, the USPIS analysis revealed that the post offices located at 1015 Riley Street, Folsom, California (hereafter “Post Office # l”) and 1618 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, California (hereafter “Post Office #2”) were frequently used by VENDOR-I to mail packages. After conducting surveillance at Post Offices #1 and #2, law enforcement officers identified VENDOR-I as FRICCERO.

A black-and-white scan of a frame from a surveillance tape

A black-and-white scan of a frame from a surveillance tape

Easypost

Easypost provides an API through which sites such as Bitcoinpostage.info use to effectively resell postage to customers in exchange for Bitcoin. Although these services allow for potentially anonymous postage purchases, they make a vendor’s packages significantly easier to profile. For example, Postal Inspectors highlighted the use of Easypost and Encidnia services in the OxyGod case, in the Googleplex investigation, and in the Adderallz case.

On or about July 16, 2018, US Postal Inspectors discovered several suspected narcotics parcels associated to VENDOR-I were mailed from Post Office #2. USPIS Inspectors noticed several anomalies that, based on their training and experience, are characteristics of parcels containing controlled substances. Stop stealing my content, Hax4all. A search of theses parcels in USPS records and databases determined the label on the parcels was provided by “easypost” (an online postage provider), through a third party vendor that sells postage online and accepts Bitcoin as payment. US Postal Inspectors reviewed the surveillance video at Post Office #2 and subsequently determined FRICCERO mailed the parcels.

Easypost home page

Easypost home page

After identifying Friccero, law enforcement conducted physical surveillance at the Post Office where he had mailed packages in the past.

Immediately after FRICCERO dropped the parcels on the post office counter and walked out of Post Office #3, one member of the surveillance team took custody ofthe seven parcels. USPIS Inspector Jason Bauwens responded to Post Office Inspector Bauwens took custody of the seven parcels dropped off by FRICCERO, which were consistent with other parcels mailed by FRICCERO throughout this investigation. Out of the seven parcels mailed by FRICCERO, Inspector Bauwens detained one of the parcels (hereinafter “Detained Parcel #2) for further investigation and placed the remaining six back into the mail stream.

Emerald Bay Extracts

Law enforcement, after obtaining logs from AT&T, saw that Friccero had regular contact with Emerald Bay Extracts.

The carrier for telephone number (907) 299-7936 was identified as AT&T. According to records from AT&T, telephone number (907) 299-7936 is subscribed to Eric FRICCERO with a service start date of September 9, 2010. Additionally, the toll records revealed that FRICCERO had been in contact with telephone number (530) 414-9624 on 239 occasions from July 23, 2018 through September 20, 2018. An open source Internet query on telephone number (530) 414-9624 returned a website for Emerald Bay Extracts. I conducted a review of the Emerald Bay Extracts website and located telephone number (530) 414-9624 listed as the contact telephone number for the business. As previously discussed in paragraph 24, the suspected THC vials that were found inside Detained Parcel #1 were branded Emerald Bay Extracts.

Robbery

A 2015 robbery involving four pounds of marijuana and budtrader.com was relevant to the NCIDETF’s investigation.

I obtained a Woodland Police Department report involving a November 24, 2015 incident where FRICCERO reported that he was a victim of a robbery of four pounds of marijuana. According to the police report, FRICCERO admitted to police that he was a marijuana grower and was engaged in selling marijuana over the Internet. Specifically, FRICCERO told police he had posted an advertisement on website budtrader.com seeking to sell marijuana for $1 ,600 per pound. FRICCERO met with four individuals at a Walmart in Woodland, California, with the intention of selling the marijuana to the individuals for cash. Instead, the individuals took the marijuana from FRICCERO and fled the scene.

Arrest and Plea

Law enforcement raided Friccero’s home in January 2019. Friccero told investigators that he operated a legitimate marijuana business. The criminal complaint listed his original charges as

  • Manufacture or Distribution of a Controlled Substance;

  • Conspiracy to Manufacture, to Distribute, and to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance

He pleaded guilty to intent to distribute a controlled substance and a faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 2020.

Criminal Complaint

Plea Agreement


tygateeth

Imagine the money put into investigating marijuana vendors. its laughable

Frosty

He admitted to selling weed online after he got robbed…. the fuck?? Not sure what he could’ve gained from reporting that, similar to calling USPIS and saying someone stole your pack of fent from China.

I think this is typo too?
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 2017.

DNL

In reply to Frosty

Whoops. Fixed, thanks.

astickup

Lmfao you literally could not make this shit up:

An Internet search for open source records on address 3423 Dixieland Way, Rancho Cordova, California
An open source Internet query on telephone number (530) 414-9624 returned a website for Emerald Bay Extracts

A boomer looked up the merrium webster definition of phrases they heard on Silicon Vallley show to try to describe using Google

Frosty

It’s not just that the phone number matched Emerald Bay Extracts. Add that to the product in the box labelled Emerald Bay Extracts. This establishes a chain of custody.

This guy...

This dude literally snitched on him self wtf, and imagine tax payer money being spent to catch weed dealers…. yikes.

MotherOfGod

Imagine the money put into investigating marijuana vendors… in a legal mother fucking state.

thewarwillneverfinish

this war will never end they will come after people like this for tax reasons and smear his anme and the name of marijuana on its way its te last spit in our faces before the legalization in total the feds are fucked for taking this position. but we have to remebr its not the feds in total making this call but the boss so take at as it is political bs i tell ya, but regardless fuck the police!

frosty

Do these people not use burner numbers? especially when contacting a company that can easily out them doing illigitmate shit?

Fresty

The guy didn’t “snitch on himself” though. It’s legal in Cali to sell if you’re a licensed grower and he was. His problem is that he started selling to people outside of Cali.

kill feds

fuck feds clamping on cali lets kill federal agents and paint the streets red with their families blood. kill pigs

FBI OPEN UP

Feds will always catch the full time dw vendors. They’re inevitable…

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