For their participation in the illicit drug trafficking enterprise, three Arizona citizens who stated in one of their vendor profiles that the oxycodone pills they were selling were “not normal OxyCodone 30 mg” received a combined sentence of more than 20 years in prison.
Veronica Dittman, 28, Rick Schiffner, 31, and Devin Langer, 30, were charged with narcotics trafficking over the dark web of heroin, methamphetamine, and counterfeit oxycodone pills, according to court filings. The group made use of many different vendor identities, such as “TrustedTraphouse,” “TrustedTrapper,” “TrustedTrap,”
“TrustableTraphouse,” “GoldenTrails,” and “PopcornPlug.” The vendor accounts traded goods on several dark web marketplaces, such as ASAP, Bohemia, Tor2Door, ToRReZ, Dark0de, Versus, and others. The investigators used the vendor accounts to make several covert transactions during the investigation. The agents reportedly followed the purchases to a building connected to Schiffner and Langer.
The detectives went through the property’s garbage in May 2022. They allegedly discovered a notebook containing records of the orders that the vendor accounts had received across several marketplaces. Additionally, packing materials resembling those used to package the pharmaceuticals acquired during the undercover transactions were recovered by the authorities.
The detectives were able to locate Schiffner’s account at an unnamed cryptocurrency exchange by following the trail of the bitcoin connected to the TrustableTraphouse vendor profile. The exchange account of Dittman was connected to the credit card used in Schiffner’s account. Dittman often visited the home on the property owned by Schiffner and Langer, according to surveillance.
Records of communications between Schiffner and a federal prisoner were also obtained by the investigators. They discussed Schiffner’s drug trafficking enterprise in code. In one of the chats, Schiffner bemoaned Dittman’s laziness and how it had damaged their ratings.
Schiffner was taken into custody by the investigators on August 10; Langer was taken into custody on October 6.
Langer received a seven-year jail term in April 2023, while Schiffner received a 12-and-a-half-year sentence. On July 14, 2023, Dittman received a sentence of five years in jail.