Oygod, the popular Dream Market vendor, has been arrested.
A several-months-long investigation into the distribution of counterfeit opioids has led to the rest of three California residents. Isaiah Suaruez, 22, of Newport Beach, Wyatt Pasek 21, of Santa Ana, and Duc Cao, 20, of Orange are being charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
The investigation began with a confidential FBI source that two men in Orange County were producing counterfeit pharmaceuticals and selling them through the Darknet Market known as Dream Market.
The three were arrested on Tuesday, April 3 2018. According to a police affidavit, law enforcement confiscated a pill press lab, hoards of cash, and thousands of fake oxycodone pills.
Allegedly the men were using fentanyl and a second similar research chemical purchased online to manufacture their counterfeit oxys using their pill press. The pills were even stamped with numbers to make them appear legitimate.
“We recognize that the opioid epidemic transcends the boundaries of our Costa Mesa community, and this case is a prime example of that,” Costa Mesa Police Chief said in a statement on Thursday.
The three men had been sharing the name “Oxygod” as their vendor name on darknet markets, such as Dream Market.
According to a recent check of the Oxygod profile on Dream Market, they had 230 reviews and a 4.54 rating. It shows that they began business on December 2017 and it also that Oxygod has several listings that are still live and the last login date as April 4 2018 (yesterday), one day after their arrest.
Law Enforcement stepped up their investigation when they began watching Paseks home in Santa Ana, a top floor $5,749 a month apartment. The detectives noticed Cao and Pasek pull out of the apartment’s garage riding in a black Lamborghini.
Law enforcement placed GPS tracking devices on Cao’s Mercedes-Benz, Pasek’s Ferrari and used data harvest from Pasek’s cellphone. It was months later that LE determined that it the pill pressing operation was located in Suarez’s apartment located at 705 E. Balboa Blvd.
March 5 was when Law Enforcement followed Cao and witnessed him deposit several packages into a mailbox located near the Balboa apartment. They waited for Cao to leave the scene before they seized the parcels. Detectives opened the seized packages and discovered 1,400 pills that resembled 30mg Oxycodone tablets. The pills tested positive for fentanyl.
Detectives recovered an additional 13 packages this week, after watching Cao travel to Suarez’s apartment and then to a post office. They discovered 4,000 of the counterfeit oxycodone inside the packages.
On Monday, Cao visited Pasek’s apartment, traveled to Suarez’s apartment and then drove to a post office on Sunflower Avenue in Santa Ana, where authorities later recovered 13 boxes similar to those seized March 5.
The three men were arrested by authorities on Tuesday, April 4 as they drove from the Balboa apartment together. Inside Suarez’s apartment, Law Enforcement discovered 3 Kilos of counterfeit Oxycodone and Xanax pills, along with 4.5 kilograms of blue and white powder that have yet to be tested.
Inside Pasek’s apartment, agents discovered 13,000 of the pressed fentanyl pills, along with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Suarez was due in court for a bail hearing on Thursday afternoon, Pasek is due for court on Friday, while Cao who is a citizen of Vietnam that resided on an expired student visa is scheduled to be arraigned on April 23.
Each of the three men could face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison if convicted.