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Two Sentenced for Selling Fake Oxy Pills on the Darkweb

Two drug dealers who sold counterfeit oxycodone pills on the darkweb were sentenced to prison in Connecticut.


U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill sentenced Arber Isaku, 32, and Vincent Decaro, 32, to 51 months of imprisonment and 48 months of imprisonment, respectively. Isaku previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute fentanyl analogues. Decaro previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl analogues.

A picture of Vincent Decaro

Vincent Decaro in a mugshot.

According to court documents, the defendants imported fentanyl and fentanyl analogs from suppliers in China. After receiving the fentanyl, the duo would create counterfeit oxycodone pills with a pill press at Decaro’s residence in Stamford, Connecticut. A third conspirator, David Reichard, lived at Decaro’s residence and assisted Decaro and Isaku in packaging and mailing counterfeit oxycodone pills. Reichard has pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy but has not yet been sentenced.

The defendants sold the fake pills through vendor accounts on darkweb markets, including the account “Eastcoastcartelkings” on Hansa Market.

The Case

First Arrest

Police first arrested Decaro and Isaku on June 17, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaku had 30mg oxycodone pills in his possession at the time of his arrest. The pills tested positive for fentanyl.

Second Arrest

On August 23, 2017, police conducted a controlled delivery of a package addressed to Isaku that contained more than 160 grams of fentanyl. After Isaku took possession of the package, police officers arrested him and lawfully searched his home in Stamford, Connecticut. During the search, officers recovered nearly 200 blue 30mg “oxycodone” pills. Isaku admitted that he received packages of controlled substances for another individual but would explicitly identify anyone.

A picture of Isaku without a shirt

Arber Isaku in a Flickr photo | Arber Isaku

Pill Presses

A search of a laptop seized during a search of Isaku’s house resulted in the discovery of two PGP keys named are named “ecckhansa” and “ECCKings.” Investigators also found an order form for two TDP-5 pill presses from a company called LFA Machines in Texas. On the order form, the intended use is listed as “Starting a supplement company.” The order form is accompanied by a copy of Isaku’s Connecticut driver’s license and is signed and dated June 7, 2017.


On July 19, 2017, law enforcement agents shut down Hansa Market after using the market as a honeypot for several weeks. During the investigation into Hansa, police seized the market’s servers, allowing investigators to access everything they could decrypt. According to the criminal complaint, police found a vendor on the marketplace who used one of the PGP keys on Isaku’s laptop. The vendor, “eastcoastcartelkings,” registered a Hansa account on July 6, 2017. Investigators learned that the vendor had paid their vendor bond with an address associated with Coinbase. The vendor’s refund address was also associated with a Coinbase wallet.

Records from Coinbase identified Isaku as the owner of the account in question. The account had several wallets, including one with the address 12hsYQJ6QKw1U66pS65GsqVzmsikdtKa3m - the same wallet address used as the refund wallet for the “eastcoastcartelkings” Hansa account. Additionally, Coinbase records showed a transfer of .05079822 Bitcoins to 12Bogh3xUUCQ6TMKQvNKsNGnE4pEX38hgG - the Bitcoin wallet address used for the “eastcoastcartelkings” Hansa vendor bond.

Authorities released Isaku after the August 2017 arrest. After his arrest, he traveled to Albania with Decaro.

On April 3, 2018, police executed a search warrant at Decaro’s residence in Stamford. During the search, police found:

  • a large number of pills that contained a total of 330 grams of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl;
  • approximately 40 grams of powdered fentanyl analogues;
  • one kilogram of alprazolam powder;
  • three pill presses;
  • instructions on how to prepare carfentanil;
  • a Hazmat suit;
  • a gas mask; and
  • a large number of U.S. Postal mail envelopes.

One of the USPS envelopes came from “a known dark web fentanyl vendor in Ft. Meyer, Florida.” Two of the pill presses matched the pill presses ordered by Isaku. Police also arrested Reichard at Decaro’s house.


On September 21, 2018, Albanian State Police arrested Isaku and Decaro as they attempted to cross the border into Kosovo. When questioned by Albanian authorities, Isaku admitted that the United States government wanted him.

A picture of a laptop and other items seized during a search by police

Items sezied during a search of Decaro's apartment in Albania

Police tracked the taxi that had transported Decaro and Isaku out of the city of Tirana toward the Kosovo border and subsequently found an apartment where both defendants had been living. During a search of their apartment in Tirana, police found evidence indicating the duo had either begun or were about to start synthesizing fentanyl, alprazolam powder, fentanyl powder, unidentified controlled substances, and instructions for synthesizing fentanyl.

A picture of packages seized during a search

More items sezied during the search of Decaro's apartment in Albania, including USPS and FedEx packages.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Ryan Mensing included a paragraph about Decaro’s dog in the criminal complaint:

“I was present for the search, and I noticed a German shepherd at the apartment. The dog seemed to be the same dog I had encountered at Vincent Decaro’s residence in Stamford, Connecticut, in April of 2018 during the execution of a search warrant at that location. Arber Isaku advised that this dog’s name was ‘Hunter’ and that this was Vincent Decaro’s dog had been living in Stamford, Connecticut, previously. In fact, Decaro advised the Albanian State Police that he was living in the apartment in Tirana, Albania with Arber Isaku and his Decaro’s dog named ‘Hunter.’”



A grand jury returned an indictment that charged Isaku, Decaro, and Reichard with:

  • conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl Analogue;
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl Analogue; and
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl Analogue.


In May 2019, Reichard pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl analogue. On June 15, 2021, Decaro pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl analogues. On August 6, 2021, Isaku pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl analogues.


U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill sentenced Isaku to 51 months in prison and Decaro to 48 months in prison. Isaku, who is out on bond, must report to prison on September 21, 2022. Decaro, who is also out on bond, must report to prison on November 2, 2022. Reichard is still awaiting sentencing.

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Indictment, complaint

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50b8d6c0 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Deserves it, fucking retard using a coinbase wallet to store funds

057955e0 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

i want to meet this dog hunter seems like a good boy

e05c1340 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Hahahahahahahahahaha what idiotssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!! First off, FUCK YOU for selling fent. Killing so many people, shame on you bastards. Second, SMH, a fucking COINBASE WALLET!!! You mustve just wanted to get caught. SHOOT YOUR LOCAL HEROIN DEALER!!!!!!!!!

9cc65f20 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

“fUcK yOu FoR sElLiNg fEnT”
“sHoOt yOuR lOcAl hErIoN dEaLeR”

your breathe probably smells like mustard
fuckin faggot

92326bf0 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

ayo if only u knew how bad things really are

8ad82080 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Ayo always hits them with the, if only you knew haha some of us are aware, an interesting proposition to shoot the local heroin dealer

113edd80 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

How about that “known dark web fentanyl vendor in Ft. Meyer, Florida?” that boys unstoppable…

c9dd7a00 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

If people want to use Fent, why is it your business? Worry about your own arrogant ass, you think your drugs are better than some other peoples? Obviously Opioid Addiction is a huge Behavioral Health issue but ranting about one form of Opioid is ignorant

f2a5d100 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Fair enough, why is anything, anyones business, at all?

0449bcd0 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

I get aggravated often at marijuana users. It is not ignorant for me to ignore people who use other sources of cannabinoids. That is ridiculous. In the same way, how is that person ignorant for not also saying “fuck Loperamide users?”

212dd340 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Fair enough, why is anything, anyones business, at all?


57420f20 Wed, Aug 10, 2022


whats wrong with fent that ppl who using it meant to use real smack or real oxys not the lethal shit that has very thin line between od and death. not everyone is good at measuring fent doses.

0b03a150 Thu, Aug 11, 2022

If people want to use fent cool that’s up to them. But what about the poor fucks who just wanted an oxy and this cunt sold them a fake pressed oxy filled with a random amount of a seriously strong drug which is causing mass over dose drug deaths all across America just now. That really is a pretty evil thing to do. Mindlessly sell a drug you know is going to kill people but disguise it as another drug so they don’t actually know they are taking it and most likely have no tolerance and quite possibly over dose and die, all in the name of making a quick buck. That’s not cool man

445cef90 Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Society must collapse because my decisions that impact your life are none of your business

1f4145d0 Fri, Aug 12, 2022

This pretty much describes how not to run a drug enterprise. What a bunch of fuckups.

58b7d040 Fri, Aug 12, 2022

This pretty much describes how not to run a drug enterprise. What a bunch of fuckups.

becb5750 Sat, Aug 13, 2022

does anyone know where to get fentanyl

f7cce660 Tue, Aug 16, 2022

you can get that from the convenience stores

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