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DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

Federal agents, after several months of investigation, arrested a EtiKing, a former Alphabay and Dream vendor. EtiKing a.k.a. Jeremy P. Achey became the target of an investigation after one of his customers died from an overdose. In reality, the DEA started investigating him after they took interest in one of the deaths; agents now believe EtiKing’s drugs may have caused 19 deaths throughout the United States.

In February, a Florida woman and her fiance overdosed on tetrahydrofuranfentanyl and Etizolam. The 24-year-old woman died but the man (hereinafter “Fiancé”) lived through the ordeal, albeit in a hospital bed. DEA agents were made aware of the situation in February. The fiancé complied with them fully during the investigation.

The coroner’s report, per the Criminal Complaint:

CONCLUSION: In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death and after examination of the body, and review of medical information found at the seen, it is my opinion that the death of {victim], a 24 year old white female, is due to combined toxicity of tetrahydrofuranfentanyl and etizolam.”

The duo ordered the drugs from a darknet market vendor that he has used on other occasions as well. He had also used tetrahydrofuranfentanyl (hereinafter “THF-F”) six times before the overdose. He told DEA Agent Anthony Blackburn that all six packages came from the same darknet vendor: EtiKing. He kick-started the investigation with this information.

The Fiancé’s Role in the Investigation

Fiancé voluntary gave DEA agents his Alphabay username and password. Agents logged in with the provided username, “barelygrylls55,” and confirmed that Fiancé made the orders from EtiKing. Fiancé also gave agents a visual profile to work with. He said that he spoke with EtiKing via video chat where EtiKing told Fiancé that the “not for human consumption” drugs were best if snorted. He appeared to be a 27–35-year-old white male.

The last message to EtiKing from “barelygrylls55” was not even ten days after the overdose:

hey I just saw this. I overdosed. which is (crazy I didn’t do much at all, that fentanyl, but my fiancé died on it, I was revived, she wasn’t and didn’t do much… U should probably up the price and put warnings on it… I know it’s our own fault, no one made us do that but still, it’s more dangerous than the internet lets on.”

Agents then used Fiancé’s account to tell EtiKing that Fiancé was in withdrawals and needed a fix. (Remember, both etizolam and THF-F are uncontrolled substances; EtiKing had to show that he knew his customers were using the drugs). The vendor told the UC agents that he had something for him. That story ended there.

Undercover Buys Though Investigator Accounts

Using a new Alphabay account, DEA Agents made three separate buys. One in March and two in April. They ordered 4-AcO-DMT, LSD (package arrived with an ALD-52 label), and MDMA/MDA (package contained 6-APB). All three packages used the return address “USDTO 1321 Upland Drive, Houston TX 77043.”

For anyone involved in the research community, that address may ring a bell. Ditto for some /r/darknetmarkets users. But EtiKing’s account for the /r/researchmarkets and /r/RCsources subreddits—where he moderated and used his real name—spammed USDTO for months. USDTO stands for US Drug Testing Organization. The “organization” still (hardly) stands; he used the drug testing site as a harm defense argument, WFMZ reported.

He spoke about bulk RC vendors from China on one RC subreddit. The significance will be revealed below. In addition to USDTO and moderating /r/researchmarkets, EtiKing ran Chemsrus for a period of time, moderated dozens of RC forums, and used fake accounts to pad his reviews.

The Informant aka Former EtiKing

DEA Agents who worked the case in Florida took a trip to Nashville where they met more DEA Agents, along with a confidential source (CS). The CS was “well versed” in the world of darknet markets and specifically in Alphabay matters. The reason for this knowledge surfaced when asked if he/she knew of EtiKing. CS, it turned out, was EtiKing—only, CS was EtiKing roughly 18 prior to their meeting in April.

Some users noticed the account swap.

CS sold the Alphabay account, the “rights” to the username, and 90 grams of furan fentanyl. The entire package for only $400. However, the second EtiKing, known to CS as “Eric,” kept in contact with CS. In one conversation, Eric told CS that LSResearchchemlab.com was his go-to China lab for fentanyl analog. He talked about LSResearchchemlab on a certain subreddit as well. Explained how they dealt with customers and that they had a certain drug in stock, etc.

In the message where he admitted that he knew buyers died on his product:

Desmethyltramadol is selling pretty good fight now, but not on here, have not been listing fent since like 5 people died in my state and the feds have upped their investigation, no doubt they are going to come to the dark web looking for sellers, like to keep a lower profile than that.”

Coinbase

The stamps and postage EtiKing used to ship his product came from a subcontractor of Shippo called Peppership. Both companies have a service that allows the user to create shipping labels with any return address and then print them from anywhere. Peppership allows users to pay for shipping with Bitcoin. However, customers still need to provide an email address and return address before they can print shipping labels.

Upon the reception of a subpoena, Peppership immediately provided every email address associated with the Texas address. The DEA received nine email addresses. They then subpoenaed Coinbase for information related to a wallet provided by CS. Again, the agents hit a goldmine. On the main account, EtiKing used his real name: Jeremy P. Achey. He listed USDTO as his company and the Texas address as his company address.

For his personal information, EtiKing signed up with his personal address. A street in Bethlehem, PA, 18015. He also listed his personal email address as one of the email addresses that he used to purchase EtiKing postage.

Endgame

The endgame ended before it ever began. In late June, agents performed physical surveillance in Pennsylvania. They watched Jeremy Achey, his wife—Jennifer Achey—and their house. Agents followed both of the individuals as they independently took bags to the post office. The bags were filled with USPS packages that bore the Texas address.

DEA agents then notified a USPIS inspector of the packages. The inspector successfully inspected them, confirming that the packs were filled with drugs. They were photographed prepared for delivery to a DEA agent in Florida.

Officers arrested Jeremy Achey. On June 27, he stood in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry S. Perkin in Allentown, PA. The judge confirmed the charges filed in Florida during the early stages of the investigation in February. Achey’s was told that the DEA agents believed that they found 19 more overdoses directly attributable to Achey’s drugs. Judge Perkin told Achey that he would be shipped off to Florida.

On July 5, he stood in front of the judge again. This time, Achey was denied a pretrial release for being a flight risk and risk to the community. The next time Achey leaves the state, it will be with a Marshal or officer from Florida.

In Florida, authorities charged Achey for the crimes of distributing controlled substances, distributing analogues of controlled substances, and criminal use of communication facilities. The total maximum sentence is four years in prison with a mandatory minimum of three years supervised release. And that is under the assumption that no new charges stem from the ongoing investigation.

“Florida DEA agents continue investigating this overdose death attributable to the substance delivered by the defendant, and an additional 19 overdose deaths that occurred in the 2017 calendar year,” Judge Perkins wrote in the Pretrial Detention Order. “The people who died of overdose deaths were all “Dark Net” customers of the defendant,” he warned.

16 comments

  1. Don’t let People die. Or the Feds will come, same in the street game.

    At this point, this guy really DESERVE to get busted.

    • C Aliens

      With at least 19 deaths attributable to him and the fact that he knowingly sold after folks does, his future doesn’t look so bright.

  2. fuckiing rip

  3. So thats it? the death of AlphaBay because some stupid cunt OD’d and her twot partner grassed on everyone?

    spineless fuckhead, should have OD’d too…..

    • dick

      Nothing so sure for the AlphaBay Part yet.

      They could face a DDOS or they upgrading the system or in like many times happened before a EXIT scam.

    • jin

      What does this have to do with AlphaBAy working on their servers?

      So you think people that sell on Alphbay know where the server is?

      The server is probably in Putins bathroom

    • jd

      AGREE, This wimp was probably threatened with jail-time and immediately rolled over. Its sad to hear a 24 year old OD’d, they new the risks involved. They wanted to play the game and when things go south its someone else’s fault. He should take responsibility for what happened. Instead he’s now playing the BLAME game trying to save his butt, Fuckin wimp. I’ll bet he’s online right now making purchases.
      I hope AB survives.

  4. AB’s still down.People were aware.I got very cryptic warnings.Wish I wasn’t so thick.

  5. Alright its been 3 Days now and Alpha Bay is STILL DOWN.

    Does anyone know when they might be back up? Will they at least be up for 24 hours giving refunds or letting people know they are closing like Agora and make sure everyone is taken care of? No Forums are working on Alpha Bay, does anyone have any other forums?

    I cant believe this happened!!!!

  6. That dickhead who kept selling after killing 19 people without any kind of warning is one cold hearted and dumb as fuk mutherfuker who is responsible for bringing down the AB market,(my favorite but thank god for dream) with his cold hearted greed. Rot in hell cocksucker!!!!

  7. well fuck….be careful people, know what you are buying and dont die. do not belive that this is realated to AB being down though… RIP to all involved

  8. Dumb, the “Coont” did Fentanyl like it was Heroin. Squirt and Oh maybe if I roll on everyone I can save my cornhole!

  9. Whoever has a problem with this can go fuck your self. Obviously this guy needed to be locked away for causing harm to others. Yeah, he didn’t force them to take the drugs but he was the one who gave them it and she lost her life over it. How would you feel if someone close to you passed away because some selfish fuck gave them drugs and they overdosed? Have some respect and watch what the Fuck you rude asses say.

  10. People are resonsible for their own actions. If adults want to use fentanyl, heroin, cocaine or whatever then so be it. Be prepared to face and live with the potential consequences.

    Darknet is the perfect venue for such purchases…no street crime, nobody gets shot…just get your drugs delivered to your home and use them there in peace. If people die then so be it…it’s an inherent risk associated with such activities.

    Legalize all drugs…coke, smack, crack, acid…whatever. via Darknet and purchased by those 21 years and older. Tax the vendor like any other business and hold them accountable for purity levels and adulterant contents. Shit…I’ll be your first customer!

    • CRUtotheNEW

      Agree with Texasguy1.

      On another note–JDemo was/is an arrogant, narcissistic, greedy, self-absorbed snake. with as much as he was involved with the forums/gossip, etc. he MUST’VE at least heard something on the boards or in the news regarding one of his overdose victims. Besides, once you start selling fent analogues you might as well start counting down the days until you get swept up; best start stashing cash, prepping to get out & disappearing before your life is over…wonder if he was smart enough to cash-out some of those btc’s and set it aside for a day like this or if he permafried his brain abusing his own supply?
      (seems like everybody from the days of CRU has been cursed with bad luck. from raids to prison and deaths/OD’ing)

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