The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia announced that a 36-year-old man former resident of Richmond, Virginia, pleaded guilty to darkweb drug trafficking. According to court documents, the defendant sold fentanyl analogues and Adderall on multiple darkweb marketplaces under the pseudonym “CHANG1927.”
Mark C. Faulkner was arrested as a result of a multi-agency federal investigation that targeted darkweb drug vendors. The federal agents involved in the investigation made undercover drug purchases from darkweb vendors. The investigators also had control of a bitcoin-for-cash money launderer. Vendors sent the money launderer dirty Bitcoin and the money launderer mailed vendors clean cash.
In Faulkner’s case, the investigators made three undercover purchases of fentanyl from the dark web drug vendor “CHANG1927” on an undisclosed dark web marketplace. Forensic analysis on the drugs received from “CHANG1927” showed that the drugs contained the fentanyl analogue, cyclopropyl fentanyl. Law enforcement then arrested Faulkner for distribution of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance analogue.
On January 30, Faulkner pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance analogue before U.S. District Judge M. Hannah Lauck in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Faulkner will be sentenced on April 29 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.