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Prescription Vendor “Pillpusher” Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

A Georgia man pleaded guilty to distributing a wide variety of prescription drugs through the darkweb under the username “Pillpusher.”

Cullen Roberts, 23, of Duluth, Georgia, admitted using an account with the username “Pillpusher” on the now-defunct Yellow Brick Market to sell prescription drugs to users throughout the United States. Prosecutors wrote that he sold drugs through the account as early as April 2020.

Yellow Brick Market vanished and returned many times but finally disappeared for good in late 2020 or early 2021.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) launched an investigation in July 2020 that resulted in the identification and arrest of Roberts. As part of the investigation, an FBI agent placed an order with Pillpusher for ten oxymorphone pills on August 5, 2020. The agent then provided the shipping address to a Postal Inspector at a Post Office in Cumming, Georgia. The FBI had reason to believe that Roberts had used the Cumming Post Office in the past. While conducting physical surveillance at the Post Office on August 6, the inspector saw a young man drop off a Priority Mail package. The package was addressed to the address provided to Pillpusher by the FBI.

A picture of Pillpusher apparently had an account on Evolution as well as Yellow Brick Market

Pillpusher apparently had an account on Evolution as well as Yellow Brick Market

On November 23, months after the FBI had placed the order, the FBI received the order at an address controlled by the Bureau. The package contained ten pills that tested positive for oxymorphone. At the time of the surveillance described above, Postal Inspectors had not recorded Roberts at the Post Office. Authorities installed surveillance cameras and later captured Roberts on camera as he dropped off packages. On August 14, 2020, the cameras captured a man dropping off a package who matched the appearance of the person first spotted by the Postal Inspector on August 6. The cameras also captured the suspect’s license plate.

A search of DMV records revealed that the license plate and vehicle were registered to Roberts. Throughout the investigation, undercover FBI agents purchased different prescriptions from Pillpusher on [Yellow Brick Marketplace]. The cameras installed at the Post Office repeatedly captured Roberts dropping off packages. In many cases, the packages were addressed to FBI-controlled addresses.

The investigators also conducted surveillance at Roberts’ residence. During surveillance on October 19, investigators collected garbage left outside of Roberts’ residence. Agents searched the trash and recovered empty boxes of oxycodone and Xanax pills. While conducting surveillance on October 22, investigators followed Roberts to the Post Office where he dropped off multiple packages. A postal inspector recovered eight packages addressed to locations throughout the U.S. Seven of the packages were Priority Mail Express packages and one was a Priority Mail package.

The investigators allowed the seven Priority Mail Express packages to get delivered but seized the Priority Mail one. They acquired a search warrant for the package and opened it on October 28. Investigators found 60 grams of an undisclosed number of white pills in a sealed plastic bag. One of the pills tested positive for tramadol.

During the investigation, investigators purchased and received a total of 34 Adderall pills, 100 oxycodone pills, 50 oxymorphone pills, and 10 Xanax pills. They purchased all of the pills from Pillpusher.

DNL: Cameras installed throughout the city of Duluth captured pictures of Roberts' car as he drove around the city. After the FBI had issued a warrant for Roberts' arrest, the operator of the city-wide surveillance system helped law enforcement officers find Roberts by tracking his location through the camera system. The system reportedly identifies a car based on the physical appearance and license plate and is used to track suspects and locate stolen vehicles. Although this technology is likely used constantly by law enforcement, I have never seen the police come out and say it publicly in a darkweb case. As one might expect, though, this detail was revealed by the Duluth Police Department instead of the feds.

A picture of You can tell which car belonged to Roberts because the Duluth Police Department circled it in red.

You can tell which car belonged to Roberts because the Duluth Police Department circled it in red.

Law enforcement arrested Roberts on December 2, 2020. He was charged with the distribution of controlled substances. Roberts pleaded guilty to the charges on August 3, 2021. He will be sentenced on November 2. Roberts faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

8 Comments
SIlent
dfc6f4f0 Fri, Aug 6, 2021

First time I’ve seen dumpster diving outside of a text book, it’s a pretty trashy business and shows the lengths that LE has to go to in order to get that golden probable cause for an arrest and more importantly the beyond reasonable doubt the case will need to stick. I mean, this guys number one customer there for a while was the FBI you can tell too by the red circled old car, they weren’t paying him enough, just the cut rate federal wage needed to keep the tax cash cow grazing in that lovely grassy field. Happy Friday Comrades, stay encrypted!

Anon
cbe2d270 Sun, Aug 8, 2021

comrades

kys faggot

Tusko
13150160 Fri, Aug 6, 2021

I’ve seen federal dumpster diving in quite a few cases. It’s a common method of evidence collection. Vendors, burn your trash or at least dump it at apartment complexes where you don’t live or even in a gas station trash can if you must though being on camera is not ideal, it’s better than dumping evidence in your own trash can.

Why did this guy drop off packs at the post office and from his car? Why not at least park 5 blocks down and walk to the post office or better yet, just dump the packs anywhere BUT a post office? What a dumbass.

Anon
e7a756e0 Sat, Aug 7, 2021

Not just any post office. The same post office every single time he went to drop off a pack it seems. No wonder they got him so quickly...

Suboctone
63a901a0 Sat, Aug 7, 2021

America is a fucking joke - up to 20 years!? I'd be scared shitless to become a vendor over there. I mean, their strategy clearly works I guess.

Phenylacetone
9af7d600 Wed, Aug 11, 2021

He probably won’t get 20 years since he did not have massive amount of pill and did not make much money, but it’s possible. Their strategy clearly is not working or there would be very few vendors.

Besides 20 years - It’s incomputable to the young mind. You might as well make it 100. It’s way too long. It’s so long, nobody can even reconcile it with reality. They just ignore it and push pills anyway. Take a few pills so they don’t have to think about how long the prison sentence is supposed to be.

pills
ee75f240 Mon, Aug 9, 2021

lol good riddance of a shitty vendor, months for package to be delivered? no wonder it took them so long to catch him lol

PutSpreadZer0
8239ad50 Thu, Aug 12, 2021

he broke every code in the book.

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