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PA Man Sentenced for Reselling Counterfeit Xanax Pills

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for purchasing hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Xanax pills on the darkweb, reselling the pills for profit, and laundering the proceeds.

According to an announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Michael Gordon, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, ran a ‘sophisticated’ drug trafficking operation that involved purchasing bulk-quantities of counterfeit Xanax pills from a darkweb vendor in the UK and reselling the pills to co-conspirators throughout Pennsylvania.

During the execution of a search warrant, Gordon refused to unlock his phone

During the execution of a search warrant, Gordon refused to unlock his phone

Investigators from a Homeland Security Investigations’ opened an investigation into Gordon after Customs in the UK had seized 50,000 counterfeit Xanax pills destined for Gordon’s address.

In June of 2018, HSI Philadelphia received information from HSI London that Customs officials in the United Kingdom had intercepted several shipments of suspected counterfeit Xanax (a brand name for alprazolam) pills destined for the United States. Three of these parcels, containing approximately 50,000 pills, were found to be destined for two addresses in Philadelphia, PA as listed below, with one parcel addressed to 4804 E. Alcott Street, and two parcels addressed to 4600 Hartel Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136.

After receiving the pills Gordon resold them and laundered the proceeds to hide the drug trafficking operation. Investigators identified Coinbase accounts associated with Gordon as well as with his co-conspirators.

Coinbase account 5a32d79731fd64027f085f8a has been identified as belonging to GORDON. The account was opened on December 14, 2017. GORDON used an address of 1405 Tudor St, Philadelphia, PA 19111 when the account was opened. GORDON has bought 17.19751482 Bitcoin since the account’s inception (equivalent to $126,609.) GORDON has received three transfers totaling 3.86077627 Bitcoin into this account, all from [co-conspirator]. GORDON has sent a total of 19.72634589 Bitcoin to others from this account over 24 transactions. Many of these transactions were small amounts until April 2018, when several large transfers were made from GORDON’s account to unknown Virtual Wallets.

Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted physical surveillance at Gordon’s residence and matched pill shipments to Gordon’s schedules. They also pulled packing material from Gordon’s trash and sent samples to Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that produces Xanax.

Investigators pulled pictures and texts off a co-conspirators phone

Investigators pulled pictures and texts off a co-conspirators phone

The task force ended the drug trafficking operation by arresting Gordon on November 9, 2018.

U.S Attorney McSwain:

Simply put, Gordon placed the well-being of others at risk in order to satisfy his own greed. Xanax can be highly addictive under normal circumstances, but the counterfeit version of Xanax can be even more addictive and potentially deadly. Gordon did not think twice about this danger, as he was focused solely on how to profit from the misery of others. He is now in prison, where he belongs.

In June 2019, Gordon pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On March 10, 2020, United States District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond sentenced Gordon to 20 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered him to pay over $2.7 million in restitution and to forfeit over $300,000.

18 Comments

Frosty

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Reason #4728 to never use biometrics.

coinbase

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

coinbase is working with feds everyone know this

CockSuckas

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

jesus fcking christ

u people LINUX EXISTS in its pure glorious unbreakable form good god christ all mighty

I mean CHRIST THE FUCK

but alas, low hangin’ fruit = lessons learned for us

your missing a couple of storys

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

wtf happened did gh fuck all this up bloody hell bastards

FREE

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/two-sons-of-former-mafia-mole-ian-davidson-arrested-in-xanax-ring-1.2600544

OracleOftheInterwbz

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

I’m pretty sure coinbase sold out its users up river from the getgo, if I remember right. I ditched them once they required a selfie bullshit, yeah fuck off with that right there.

Sad day tho, lot of my cashout options are acting goofy in the last few days. Thankfully there are always local solutions to this. So be careful, and hodl if u can. Had a trust worthy source straight up exit (ghost) on the clearnet

PA MAN

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Well that goes to show you folks no matter how cheap the price is stay domestic! He would prolly lasted much longer if he only shopped in the USA & kept witching address in case the vendor saved them

Frosty Balls

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

FFS, these alphabet agencies are always overglorifying their bullshit. Yeah he ran a SOPHISTICATED operation through Coinbase HAHAHA. Shows how sophisticated the fucktard feds actually are, and I hope LE sees this because nobody besides the shallow end of the gene pool believes your shit rhetoric. Y'all will stay on the underside of my nuts WHERE YOU BELONG, and the best will always stay one step ahead of you twats until we win the war on drugs and change the world....then you'll have to go work at USPS shipping out our drugs or something. Eat a fat dick if it makes you feel better douchefags

Bob

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Holy shit, 20 years for a schedule 4 drug. That counterfeiting charge is powerful. Xanax dealers beware.

including bobA

Sat, Mar 14, 2020

bob left the A out that BOBAfet aka fentanyl seller

redditisforsmarts

Sat, Mar 14, 2020

basic police work is still a threat my high intelligent friends

think about how many fools get pulled over because of a basic moving violation/lamp out

fools

not snitching

Sun, Mar 15, 2020

he kept his mouth shut, would have gotten five years if he cooperated. that should be mentioned.

FrostyFarmz

Wed, Mar 18, 2020

OPSEC Errors:

  1. He used coinbase.
  2. He used biometrics. He should of only had a clean BTC Tails Wallet:
    (Market BTC > BTC to XMR > His XMR Wallet > XMR to BTC > Tails BTC Wallet.)

frosty flake

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

???????????????? whats new on the bridge looked into ob4 proxy zip !!! i figured out the DN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p2p cmon man hook mi up

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

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YardApe

Sat, Mar 28, 2020

What a fucking dumb jigaboo, I like his wallpaper though.

TheRealFrosty

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

FrostyFarms "how you get XMR to BTC with out using exchange again? idiot.

SHUM

Sun, Apr 5, 2020

Should Have Used Monero

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