According to an indictment returned by the federal grand jury, Barry Ducos has been charged with 11 counts of possessing and distributing fentanyl and analog firearms. The Justice Department revealed that the police detained Duclos after pleading not guilty to the charges in his last court appearance a month ago.
According to the court document, Duclos used 1NOLEFB1 as a username to operate as a vendor on a dark web marketplace identified as Dream Market. He advertised the fentanyl drugs on his forum and made use of the U.S. postal service to send drugs and firearms to customers. An investigation disclosed that Duclos accepted bitcoin as a payment for the drugs ordered.
Undercover agents discovered his drug page over a year ago when he was starting to advertise 200 milligrams of carfentanil and a considerable quantity of furanylfentanyl. He was able to make 90 transactions on that day. A month later, investigators revisited Duclos’ vendor page and realized that the number of sales had increased to 310. Duclos used to make at least 200 transactions and had a near perfect review rate of 4.9.
On October 2017, the undercover agents attempted a fentanyl purchase by ordering 300 milligrams of fentanyl. However, Duclos rejected the order. The investigators made a second attempt to purchase that same quantity of drugs, and they were successful. Within a week, Duclos sent the drugs to an address provided by the agents and wrote a return address on the package. Investigators later traced the return address to a business in London.
In November of 2017, the agents made another purchase for 600 milligrams of fentanyl, and he successfully delivered the drugs. This time around, the return address provided by the seller was traced to Providence, R.I. in the United States. The investigators then searched for his screen name on the Postal Service website and discovered his name and home address.
Duclos had his main supply from China like the majority of fentanyl dealers. The investigators intercepted a series of packages shipped from China to his Norwich home address between November 2017 to February 2018. A lab test confirmed that the powdered substances found in the boxes were fentanyl. Moreover, authorities intercepted packages which were meant to be delivered to Kansas and Washington. The investigators later discovered that Ducos attempted to send the intercepted parcels to his customers to those locations.
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Duclos was arrested on September 12, 2018 after a criminal complaint was filed against him. Authorities then started an investigation which revealed that the court earlier convicted the suspect in February 2001 for engaging in the illegal sales of narcotics. Also, he was on probation for a previous court ordered sentence for third degree larceny. A search warrant was therefore issued which led to the discovery of pieces of evidence at his residence.
As reported by the Justice Department, the police discovered a YHM rifle with multiple magazines. Besides this, authorities confiscated firearms loaded with a round of chamber, and seized a bunch of fentanyl. In his kitchen, investigators discovered a capped syringe and a jewelry box filled with a white powder.
The unsealed indictment charged Duclos with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and eight counts of distributing and possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
Both charges carry a maximum of 10 years and 20 years imprisonment respectively. Also, Duclos has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and if found guilty, he will serve a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. As claimed by the Justice Department, the indictment charges Duclos with a count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute, and distributing more than 10 grams of fentanyl. This crime has a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Regardless of how Duclos looks at this, he will be serving a lot of time in prison.
The efforts of the dark web undercover agents led to the arrest of Duclos and many other online drug dealers. Their operation recently led to the arrest of 35 drug vendors on the dark web. Their strategy has so far been fruitful considering the number of arrests they have made, and how they have been able to lure drug and firearm traffickers out of their hideouts.