Evelin Bracy, 34, and Jorge Rodriguez Lopez, 32, were charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone and more than 40 grams of a fentanyl analogue.
A pair of New Brunswick residents were arrested Monday for running a drug distribution network posing as an online pharmacy, authorities said.
Evelin Bracy, 34, and Jorge Rodriguez Lopez, 32, were charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone and more than 40 grams of a fentanyl analogue, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“The two individuals arrested allegedly have been distributing powerful narcotics not just in New Jersey, but across the United States, based on orders placed through a supposed online pharmacy,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Valerie Nickerson said in the release. “This very profitable, alleged illegal endeavor has come to an end.”
Agents began investigating a website, referred to as the “Pharmacy Website” in the release, following the overdose death of a victim in Boise, Idaho, on or about March 17, 2017, authorities said. The victim’s death was caused by elevated levels of multiple prescription opioids as well as fentanyl.
The man’s computer showed that he had repeatedly ordered painkillers from the Pharmacy Website, and that he had wired thousands of dollars to a bank account to purchase them, the release states.
Investigators later discovered that the bank account was being used by Bracy and Lopez, authorities said. Bank records showed that the account and several others used by Bracy have received over $750,000 in alleged narcotics proceeds, and that the pair had withdrawn hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from these accounts.
They also are accused of using these accounts to pay for costs associated with the distribution of the drugs.
Undercover agents conducted multiple purchases of controlled substances from the Pharmacy Website, and received instructions to send payment …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News