- Californian Woman Arrested
- Investigative Outline
- Department of Justice Press Release
A Woodland Hills, California woman, Catherine Stuckey, 27 agreed to selling drugs on the darknet. She used vendor accounts on different marketplaces, including Dream Market and Nightmare Market. Darknet accounts under her control included “Diablow,” “RaisedByAppeals,” and “CaliCartel.” Catherine pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Catherine and her indicted co-conspirators–operated these darkweb vendor accounts:
Undercover purchases were made and the packages were searched for information that could help the investigation. Analysis done by Postal Inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service provided the majority of the identifying information.
Catherine used the email [email protected] (an abbreviated form of CaliCartel).
Undercover purchases were made from October 2018 to May 2019. Investigators purchased two grams of cocaine from “Calicartel” on Dream Market, they received 2.9 grams of a “white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine” on October 22. The package label led to an account with the Encidia shipping app. The Encidia account belonged to one Gabriel Alva. Alva’s account led to the discovery of five accounts with the United States Postal Service (USPS) under Alva’s name.
3.5 grams of heroin was ordered from “RaiseAppeals” on Dream Market on January 10, 2019. On January 11, Catherine was observed dropping off 42 packages at a post office with security cameras capturing Catherine dropping off the packages. Investigators picked up the packages and observed that the address on one of them matched the address on their order and contained 3.5 grams of heroin.
Catherine was arrested along with co conspirators on May 16, 2020. During her arrest 23 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1.9 kilograms of heroin, and 2.7 kilograms of cocaine was found in her residence.
Catherine pleaded guilty to distributing durgs on the darknet on July 14, 2020, Catherine’s sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2020 by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.
Department of Justice Statement on Darknet Vendor CaliCartel
On Wednesday, July 15, 2020 a press release was published on the Unied States Department of Justice website, It Reads; “Catherine Stuckey, 27, of Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, from June 2018 through May 2019, Stuckey conspired with others to operate several darknet vendor accounts, including “RaiseAppeals” on Dream Marketplace, “Diablow” on Silk Road 3.0, and “RaisedByDiablow” on Nightmare Marketplace. Through these accounts, Stuckey and her co-conspirators sold large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine to
customers throughout the United States. Law enforcement searched the residences of Stuckey and her co-conspirators on May 16, 2019. Stuckey possessed more than 23 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1.9 kilograms of heroin, and 2.7 kilograms of cocaine.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDE), composed of agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and IRS Criminal Investigation. The NCIDE Task Force is a federal task force focused on targeting all forms of darknet and cryptocurrency activity in the Eastern District of California. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Grant B. Rabenn and Paul Hemesath are prosecuting the case.
Stuckey is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on Oct. 20. Stuckey faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, a 10-year mandatory minimum, and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.”
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