Dark web drug gang kingpin who sold 850,000 illicit pills jailed by Texan court for 30 years
A Texas court has jailed an Iraqi migrant for 30 years after he pleaded guilty to selling some 245kgs of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and Xanax on the dark web.
Drugs sold by Alaa Mohammed Allawi, who worked as an interpreter for the Department of Defense before being granted entry to the US in 2012, are said to have resulted in the death of a US Marine and two non-fatal overdoses.
Allawi, 30, admitted in June to one count of conspiracy to possess fentanyl with intend to supply resulting in death and serious bodily injury, one count of possessing a firearm to facilitate a drug trafficking crime, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Prosecutors said Allawi and his co-conspirators used dark web marketplace AlphaBay, which was shut down by a coalition of global law enforcement agencies in July 2017, to sell oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to people addicted to opioids in exchange for payment in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
Allawi, who is said to have started selling counterfeit fake prescription pills to college students at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015, led a gang that manufactured and sold over 350,000 oxycodone tablets laced with synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.
In May 2017, police raided a stash house run by Allawi’s network, seizing 500 grams of fentanyl powder, 500 grams of methamphetamine, 500 grams of cocaine, 10kgs of Hydrocodone pills laced with fentanyl, 4kgs of Adderall pills laced with methamphetamine, 5kgs of Xanax pills, multiple industrial pill presses and four guns.
Allawi and his associates are thought to have sold a total of 850,000 pills on the dark web during the conspiracy.
DEA Special Agent in Charge of the case Will Glaspy commented: “Today’s sentencing of Allawi is an indication of the sophistication and callousness with which Allawi conducted his illegal drug activities.
“From his use of the dark web, to his clandestine manufacturing of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, to his drug sales targeting college students, Allawi operated with little concern for the people in our communities.”
As well as a 30-year jail term, Allawi was also handed a $14.32 million money judgment based on the profits he made from his dark web drugs racket, and was told he must forfeit assets including a San Antonio residence worth approximately $270,000, five firearms including an AR style assault rifle, some $28,000 in US currency and more than $21,000 in cryptocurrency.
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