The case against the Dream fenantly vendor “OxyGod” changed course in late August after two defendants entered sealed plea agreements, leaving the primary defendant in somewhat of a precarious position. Judge James V. Selna of the Central District of California sealed the plea agreements, transcripts, and all related documents of both co-defendants in the OxyGod drug distribution case. The primary defendant and alleged mastermind has been permanently detained pending the outcome of the trial scheduled for September 25.
In early April, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Lindsey Bellomy filed an Affidavit in Support of a Criminal Complaint that accused three California men of conspiring to distribute fentanyl via the Dream marketplace. According to Special Agent Bellomy’s Affidavit, the three suspected fentanyl dealers conspired with each other to order fentanyl from suppliers overseas, press counterfeit oxycodone pills with fentanyl, sell the counterfeit pills on the Dream darknet marketplace, and distribute them via various United States Postal Service Post Offices in Orange County, California.
Special Agent Bellomy wrote that in May 2017, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation had informed her that a confidential source had information on two individuals from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, California, who were engaged in “recent narcotics trafficking activity.” Those two individuals, the Special Agent later testified, were Wyatt Pasek, 21, of Santa Ana and Isaiah Suarez, 22, of Newport Beach. Special Agent Bellomy later identified a third conspirator: Duc Cao, 20. The informant, a convicted burglar, forger, jail escapee, and money launderer, started working with law enforcement at an earlier date in 2017 as part of a plea agreement in connection with a 2015 federal money laundering charge.
At the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration, the source (CS-1) conducted meetings on record with Pasek, Suarez, and Cao. He spoke with the suspects about their business on the dark web. And he eventually received samples of their products. CS-1, while recorded by federal agents, received a bag of blue pills from Pasek. Pasek informed CS-1 that he had roughly 100,000 of the pills in his possession and sold them for roughly $4 each. CS-1 gave pills to the FBI agents tasked with CS-1’s case. The FBI agents then passed the pills to Drug Enforcement Administration officials at the DEA Southwest Laboratory in Vista, California. The lab confirmed the pills resembled “A-215” oxycodone pills but contained cyclopropyl fentanyl.
The Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent showed special attention to the finances of the three suspected drug traffickers. Particularly Pasek, the alleged leader of the group who had recently signed a year-long lease for the 25th floor of building in Orange County. In the lease agreement, Pasek claimed that he earned more than $200,000 a year. The employment history he provided the leasing company—something the United States Marshals Service checked—was completely fraudulent. The Special Agent placed GPS location trackers on Pasek’s 2012 Ferrari, Pasek’s 2015 Toyota 4Runner, and Cao’s 2013 Mercedes-Benz. For some reason, though, the Special Agent ignored Pasek’s Lamborghini that both Pasek and Cao had used on trips to and from the location of the pill press. United States Magistrate Judge Karen E. Scott signed warrants authorizing the disclosure of GPS locational data and other cellular information for Pasek’s cell phone. California police officers tailed Pasek and Cao who eventually led them to Suarez. Throughout the investigation, police surveillance of the three suspects led to the understanding that Pasek controlled the operation; that Pasek stored the pills at a location owned by Suarez; and that Cao ran the packs to Post Offices and picked up incoming shipments of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and pill binders.
An indictment returned by a grand jury only 16 days after the arrests of the suspects charged all three suspects with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; distribution of fentanyl; and possession with intent to distribute methoxy acetyl fentanyl for human consumption. The first three counts included all three suspects but the fourth and fifth count of the five-count indictment named on Pasek. The indictment charged him with possessing a Glock while committing the drug crimes and for possessing ammunition while committing drug crimes in California.
Cao and Suarez entered unexpected guilty pleas less than a month before the trial and the court accepted their change of plea. Both men have been referred to the Probation Office for preparation of a presentence report (PSR). Suarez was ordered to appear for sentencing on February 4, 2019. Cao is in the United States on an expired student visa. It is unclear whether or not he will remain in the United States after sentencing.