Couple Guilty of Selling Drugs on the Dark Web
SafeServe's profile on Dark0de
According to court documents, for over two years, Cheerish Noel Taylor, 36, and Robert James Fischer, 35, operated the vendor profiles, "SafeServe" and "Sky_HIGH" on multiple dark web marketplaces including, ASAP, Dark0de, ToRRez, and White House. The couple fulfilled over 1,000 orders and distributed large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and counterfeit oxycodone pills through the vendor accounts.
The couple's arrest stemmed from an investigation launched in November 2021 against the SafeServe vendor profile. During the investigation, the investigators made multiple undercover purchases from the vendor. The purchases revealed that the vendor shipped from Phoenix.
The undercover purchases
The investigators found the mailer's fingerprints on a drug package they ordered in early February 2022. Further investigations revealed that the fingerprints belonged to Taylor.
The investigators then established that Taylor was a close associate of three suspected darknet vendors based in Phoenix.
When questioned, one of the suspects told the investigators that they had taught Taylor and his boyfriend, Fischer, how to run a dark web vendor's account. The informant also revealed that he knew Fischer was in charge of operating the vendor accounts, while Taylor packaged and mailed the drugs to their buyers.
A search of electronic devices seized from convicted dark web drug dealers, Rick Schiffner and Devin Langer, revealed that the duo was in close contact with the couple. Most of their conversations revolved around the sale of drugs through the dark web.
One of the conversations between Langer and Fischer
Conversations between Langer and Fischer showed that Langer helped Fischer set up his vendor accounts.
The investigators conducted surveillance at the couple's residence in January 2023. The investigators observed Taylor leave the residence in her car to a post office. Surveillance footage at the post office showed that she placed five packages into a mailbox.
The investigators seized the packages and opened one of the packages after receiving permission from its intended recipient. The investigators found out that it had been packaged in the same way as the drug packages they had received from SafeServe. They found an undisclosed quantity of meth inside the package.
The couple pleaded guilty on August 25, 2023. Taylor will be sentenced on December 8, while Fischer will be sentenced on January 5, 2024. They each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.