Two PA Fent Dealers Sentenced to Prison

Two Pennsylvania men were sentenced to prison for importing controlled substances from China, manufacturing pills, and conspiring to distribute the controlled substances on the darkweb. The defendants primarily imported and resold fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, and related opioids.

United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that a United States District Judge had sentenced Stephen Stroh, 56, and Vaughan Reiser, 21, to prison for an assortment of drug crimes. At a previous hearing, both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methoxyacetyl fentanyl and fentanyl.

Stephen Stroh

Stephen Stroh

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched an investigation into the defendants in late 2017 after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers intercepted a package containing almost 500 grams of fentanyl. The package originated from China and was addressed to Stroh. After identifying Stroh, Special Agents met him in a parking lot and told him about the ongoing investigation. Stroh waived his Miranda rights and agreed to cooperate with investigators.

Stroh “advised law enforcement that he has been working with [Reiser] for about 1 ~ years, receiving at least approximately 150 parcels containing illegal controlled substances and pill presses,” HSI Special Agent William Capra wrote in the criminal complaint.

Investigators eventually had enough information to execute a federal search and seizure warrant at Reiser’s house. During the search, law enforcement seized more than 70,000 counterfeit controlled substance pills and bulk quantities of fentanyl. They also seized electronic devices and ledgers with information about Reiser’s accounts on darkweb markets. Investigators later wrote that Reizer had made regular purchases from a the vendor RC Queen.

The defendants bought and sold on the darkweb

The defendants bought and sold on the darkweb

Reiser also waived his Maranda rights and agreed to cooperate with authorities. He admitted that he was a buyer and vendor on darkweb markets. He also told investigators that he had a “business partner by the name of Stephen Stroh.” He said that Stroh had helped manage the drug distribution operation since early 2017.

Reiser also advised that he and Stroh took packages containing illicit controlled substances to a unit within a warehouse in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, where they created counterfeit pills. Stroh conducted his own research and learned how to create the pill recipes and manufacturing process, Reiser said. He explained their relationship was similar to Jesse Pinkman (Reiser) and Walter White a/k/a HEISENBERG (Stroh) from Breaking Bad.

On December 23, 2017, HSI Special Agents and PSP Troopers executed a search warrant at 100 Mill Street, Unit 23, in Clifton Heights. Law enforcement located three pill presses, two pharmaceutical mixers, approximately 450 kilograms of binding agents, approximately 50 kilograms of controlled substances including powdered fentanyl (field tested positive for the presence of fentanyl), suspected methamphetamine, suspected alprazolam, and other unidentified powders.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Stroh’s apartment on the same day. Stroh was in the apartment at the time. Stroh waived his Miranda rights once again and informed investigators that he had a second lab located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Stroh also signed a consent form that allowed them to search the second lab.

[Stroh] stated that they produced counterfeit Oxycodone capsules containing fentanyl, Adderall capsules containing methamphetamine, and Xanax capsules containing alprazolam. Stroh knew that the counterfeit pills contained the aforementioned controlled substances. Stroh advised that he and Reiser had produced approximately 100,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills, 60,000 counterfeit Adderall pills, 30,000 counterfeit Xanax pills. Stroh further advised that he and Reiser sold these pills via the dark net, selling that Oxycodone pills for $3 per pill, the Adderall for $1 per pill, and the Xanax for $.50 per pill.

United States District Judge C. Darnell Jones II sentenced Stroh to 17-and-a-half years in prison and Reiser to six-and-a-half years in prison.

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b7635b10 Thu, Mar 19, 2020

weak minded fools

go die

49a6f5e0 Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Couple of real brainiacs here. Keep it up, people! Makes me less susceptible HA

1d3073e0 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

They would not have gotten that long if they kept they mouth shut! Could have came home and still made money

ffb3be90 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

What’s his vendor name?

db8a8c00 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

What a couple of characters…
ratting out against each other and heading the investigation for the police themselves.

a6bdf940 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

“After identifying Stroh, Special Agents met him in a parking lot and told him about the ongoing investigation. Stroh waived his Miranda rights and agreed to cooperate with investigators.” = I RATTED MYSELF OUT AND GOT MYSELF JAILED BECAUSE I’M AN IDIOT.

8f84dfb0 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Wow snitch mother fucking city.

0c15d780 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Hello DNL admin, what is going on with the canary?

7413f490 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

I mean, what the fuck else could you do? They got them plain and simple, you are fucked either way

a407a080 Fri, Mar 20, 2020

These guys seemed to cooperate pretty easily, if you buy pressies be wary because these guys probably turned over their keys and hardware too

5aba0320 Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Cartels build entire submarines and dig mile long tunnels to avoid shipping drugs through police stations whereas these guys, this generic class of guido dorks, all ship munitions level agents of chemical warfare right through police stations addressed to their own homes where they keep pill presses and business records. Statistical certainty of a bust comes as they resupply again and again through the same police station.

251a4d80 Fri, Jun 12, 2020

People get greedy AF! Why did they ship it to their home? At that point, can’t the find some old persons house someway and send it there? Or take some time off to let things cool down? Why did they need THREE pill presses and TWO labs? Talk about inefficent! And snitching like that not only gets you more time but its also the most messed up thing to do! The old guy should had just taken the fall on his own! Let the kid live his life. What kind of fucking role model is this fucking asshole! Now he is going to be in jail until his late 70s unless he gets out early for good behavior.

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