Pikesville Dark Web Vendor Sentenced To Prison

33-year-old Cory Nicholas Skinner of Pikesville, Maryland was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and four years of supervised release. The defendant was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin as well as quantities of buprenorphine and cocaine. According to Skinner’s plea agreement, during the investigation into the death of a University of Arkansas police office, a detective discovered an opened Priority Mail package shipped from Baltimore, Maryland.

The Arkansas package ultimately led Postal Inspectors to discover two other Priority Mail packages purchased in the same transaction. One was in route to North Carolina and the other one to Arizona. The recipient of the package sent to North Carolina confirmed to investigators that he used Bitcoin to buy heroin from DoggFood, which was an online vendor on the dark web. That package contained roughly 2.8 grams of heroin.

The package destined for Arizona contained roughly four buprenorphine units. A fingerprint analysis discovered fingerprints on the packages belonging to Skinner. During surveillance of Skinner from September of 2017 to January of 2018, Postal Inspectors intercepted more than 20 packages containing roughly 47.5 grams of heroin and 81 buprenorphine units. It was ultimately discovered that Skinner did not work alone. The defendant used several individuals who were vulnerable due to physical or mental condition to drop off packages as well.

By January of 2018, the defendant had sold at least 290.5 grams of heroin, 97.5 grams of cocaine, and 216 units of buprenorphine as DoggFood. Again, 33-year-old Cory Nicholas Skinner of Pikesville, Maryland has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. Further details can be found here.

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