Chaloner Saintillus, 32, of Delray Beach, Florida, was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and four counts of distribution of a controlled substance.
According to court documents, the vendor site for “chlnsaint” advertised the sale of fentanyl, carfentanyl, cocaine, oxymorphone, and other narcotics. From August 2019, when the vendor account was created, through August 2020, when Empire Market stopped its operations, “chlnsaint” completed over 1,100 narcotics sales and had a positive customer feedback rating of 98%. Saintillus also offered direct deals through the encrypted messaging app Wickr under the name “showstill.”
Through the course of the investigation, agents conducted numerous undercover buys of fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. Surveillance footage from the post offices from where the parcels were mailed revealed that Saintillus paid for the postage. Agents also conducted surveillance of Saintillus in Florida and identified him mailing a parcel that was later seized and found to contain fentanyl. Agents conducted a search of Saintillus’ residence on Oct. 26, and found a loaded handgun, more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, large quantities of narcotics, including fentanyl, and approximately $25,000 in the cryptocurrency XRP.
Where did Chlnsaint go wrong?
- For starters, Saintillus used an alias that was too similar to his real name, Chaloner Saintillus.
- By selling schedule II drugs like fentanyl, carfentanyl, cocaine, and oxymorphone Saintillus only made the target on back that much bigger.
- Saintillus also conducted direct deals with his customers over Wickr. Wickr cooperates with law enforcement in complete transparency with its users. Take a look at their support page for more info. Wickr is not, and never was, the secure messaging app you think it is.
- Saintillus payed for postage to ship his packages at the post office which means that he must’ve showed ID. At this point if any of those packages ever made it into the wrong hands Saintillus just linked his real life identity to his dark web alias.
- Lastly, Saintillus signed his own death warrant by keeping a loaded handgun, ammunition and stash of drugs in his own home.