A New York man admitted selling more than $1 million worth of opioids and counterfeit currency on darkweb markets.
Albie Pagan, 65, admitted operating the vendor account H00k3d on AlphaBay, Apollon, Avaris, Cryptonia, Dark Market, Darkode, Dream, Nightmare, and Wall Street. Through his vendor account, Pagan advertised oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and Adderall. He also had listings for counterfeit U.S. currency, including $10 and $20 notes.
“The defendant illegally distributed over $1.2 million of highly addictive opioids and counterfeit currency while attempting to operate anonymously on dark web marketplaces,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Those who seek to profit by using the dark web to fuel a devastating opioid crisis that has ravaged our communities will be found and brought to justice.”
On Wall Street alone, Pagan sold over $325,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency, and his gross proceeds for the sale of narcotics and the counterfeit currency was at least $1,011,079.
On AlphaBay, Pagan’s gross proceeds for narcotics sales was at least $90,399.
A review of H00k3d’s sales on Dark Market revealed 475 voluntary customer-rated orders reflecting purchases for several illicit items, including 3,293 hydrocodone, 2,250 oxycodone, and 382 hydromorphone pills. On Dark Market, Pagan’s gross proceeds for narcotics and counterfeit currency exceeded $131,948 based on reviewed transactions.
According to the statement of facts, Pagan sold at least 3,000 kilograms but less than 10,000 kilograms of illicit substances. He also sold at least $250,000 but not more than $550,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency.
Investigators observed Pagan mailing packages ordered from the H00k3d vendor account on September 15, 2020, September 16, 2020, and November 16, 2020.
On February 17, 2021, a search warrant was conducted at Pagan’s residence. During the search, law enforcement officers located prescription medications, packaging materials consistent with those received by law enforcement through the controlled purchases made from H00k3d, $177,920 in legitimate U.S. currency, and counterfeit currency.
On May 12, 2021, Pagan pleaded guilty to the distribution of controlled substances and selling counterfeit currency. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.