A 37 year old darknet dealer of drugs named Eric Hughes was sentenced to 168 months in federal imprisonment that accounts to 14 years of life behind the bars. Eric was pleaded guilty last year due to money laundering and drug conspiracy. In August 2017, he was arrested by a Drug Enforcement Task Force after being involved in a car crash. During the crash, all the pills he was transporting spilt in the roadway.
Consulting the local sources, it was found out that Eric along with the two of his co-defendants ran an operation related to pill manufacturing that involved in the selling of the Oxycodone and Xanax prescribed drugs which are in counterfeits. It is believed that the drug users all over the US bought these pills from the dark web where he was identified under the Moniker Genius Bar. It has been found out that Eric has been overseeing the operation since 2012 and has successfully sold over millions of counterfeit pills to the distributors and the unsuspecting users.
The evidence that was presented to the court when he was arrested stated that Eric bought a pill press that helped him to reproduce the look of the original pill. He also outsourced his essential ingredients like the synthetic opioid U-47700 and alprazolam from China via the dark web. Taking help from the internet, Eric Hughes used to combine the ingredients, binding agent, dye to produce approximately 4,500 pills in an hour. The operation was carried out in multiple places such as Bluffton’s rented homes, Sullivans Island, Fripp Island, Isle of Palms, and Tybee Island in Georgia.
Eric Hughes and his people used to use a location like a rented house for a month and produced approximately 500,000 counterfeit pills before they left the place in search of their next location.