A 55-year-old man from Surry, Maine, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for reselling counterfeit oxycodone pills he had purchased on the darkweb. According to court documents, the man sold hundreds of counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with carfentanil.
According to court records, Adam Fitzherbert, 55, was arrested on February 6, 2018, when special agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at his residence in Surry. The agents found 91 oxycodone pills in Fitzherbert’s bedroom. The pills were later tested and found to contain carfentanil.
On being questioned, Fitzherbert admitted to the special agents that he had purchased the carfentanil-laced oxycodone pills on an undisclosed darkweb marketplace. At the time of his arrest, Fitzherbert was out on bail for two drug trafficking charges from November 2017.
On March 4, 2020, U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Fitzherbert to two years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Special Agent Jeffrey J. Ebersole, in charge of FDA Office of Criminal Investigations' New York Field Office:
“The opioid epidemic that has resulted in overdoses and deaths is a national public health crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis by illicitly distributing opioids, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, will be brought to justice. The FDA is fully committed to disrupting and dismantling networks engaged in the manufacturing and sale of illicit opioids and counterfeit prescription drugs. We will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who threaten the health and safety of Americans by distributing dangerous products.”