Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Wednesday that a father and son team were charged with selling oxycodone and fentanyl on the “dark web.”
Fifty-eight-year-old Michael Luciano and 29-year-old Philip Luciano, both of Staten Island allegedly distributed deadly opioids utilizing the vendor name “Zane61” through AlphaBay in or about February 2016 through July 2017, according to court documents.
Homeland Security Investigators approached Zane61 and were able to purchase fentanyl. The order was process and the shipment was delivered to an address in the Bronx, according to the complaint.A search warrant was executed on the Luciano’s home in July 2017, at which time Michael Luciano admitted to selling and buying fentanyl on the dark net. Philip Luciano handled the transactions and bought bit coins, while Michael Luciano was responsible for taking the packages with a fake return address to the post office. An iPad and mobile phone that contained images of oxycodone pills and fentanyl patches, along with text messages about the drug-dealing operation were recovered during the search, according to court records.
Both men were charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and distribute two controlled substances, oxycodone and fentanyl. If guilty, the defendants will a maximum 60-year imprisonment.