Darknet Drug Trafficking Case Has Sacramento Connection

A Rancho Cordova woman is among the four people indicted on charges they sold opioids, heroin, and methamphetamine via sites on the Internet which are kept hidden from public view and sometimes referred to as the darknet.

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced the indictments Friday in Sacramento as part of a federal operation targeting drug trafficking on the darknet that has netted 14 arrests, large seizures of narcotics and nearly $2 million in cryptocurrency.

"The cases we are discussing today continue to send a clear message, that if you choose to engage in criminal transactions on the darknet, you will have federal law enforcement from every district and state across the nation pursuing you," said Scott.

A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against 42-year-old Carrie Alaine Markis of Rancho Cordova. According to court documents, Markis was a registered California nurse who sold more than 20,000 prescription opioid pills out of her Rancho Cordova home. Prosecutors say she was reselling fentanyl, oxycodone, and other opioid pills that she bought from "willing sellers."

Investigators say a search of her home turned up a cryptocurrency wallet containing $1.8 million in Bitcoin.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department assisted on the investigation which led to the arrest of Markis.


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