In Summit County, Utah a teenager from Park City is facing fresh charges because of her involvement in drug-related activities after a parcel she ordered from the dark web was recently seized by law enforcement personnel in the area.
Because of her alleged involvement in the recent and past activities that at some point led to the death of teenage boys in 2016, the local authorities have charged her with four drug-related felonies.
The issue of teenagers using the dark web to buy drugs is longer a surprise but a norm.
Due to the easy availability of illicit substances, it has become easy for minors to obtain the drugs they require without taking into account the potential risks.
Interception of the Package
Ordering drugs from the dark web requires one to provide a drop address, and the same was the case for the teenager who gave a drop location to receive what she ordered.
After she placed the order, two packages were shipped to the specified location, but personnel from U.S. Customs and Border Protection got hold of the packages on account of their suspicious nature.
Upon searching to see the contents, they came across packages that contained ecstasy—which is popularly listed as MDMA on darknet markets—and another drug known as 2C-B.
Since such substances are illegal, the security personnel traced the address where the drugs were dropped only to be received by a male who when questioned said that he only agreed to collect a parcel which was supposed to contain e-cigarette refills.
So to apprehend the actual culprit, police set up a meeting where the girl could collect the parcel she ordered only to get arrested.
When taken in for questioning, the girl, whose real identity is unknown because she is minor, told the authorities that she learned how to order drugs from the dark web through friends who were fond of doing it.
Her friends would purchase the popular “Pink” drug, which is also known as U-4770, and in one particular instance that happened in July 2016, the drug was delivered to her home.
“Pink” Drug Led to the Death of Two Boys
Police say that the drugs which were received in July 2016 ended up in the hands of two 13-year-old boys from Treasure Mountain Junior High school.
The boys had taken the drugs for their personal consumption.
The boys, going by the names Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, died as a result of an overdose a few days apart at their respective homes in September of 2016.
After the deaths of the minors, police obtained a search warrant to establish how the drugs the teenagers consumed ended up in their hands.
A warrant that was filed on September 13, after the death of the second boy, sought to access multiple computers from the residents of Park City.
Within the course of the search, authorities revealed that one of the boys told a therapist that they were indeed buying “Pink” online.
Information from the Teenage Girl
After the incident, the teenage girl revealed to the authorities that the drugs were procured by her friends but delivered to her home address because her friend’s parents would regularly frisk the parcels in case they contained illegal substances.
The girl also admitted to the authorities that she at one time received a package from China that contained a white powdery substance which she gave to her friends.
In some court documents, the girl said that the substance in the shipment from China was given to her other friends.
Concerning the same products, an affidavit written by one of the investigators says that the friends who earlier on received the Pink drug from the girl then gave it to the two boys who died from an overdose.
According to the Park City District officials, the detectives handling the matter first began looking into the case of the drug-related deaths in the area by analyzing social media communication which gave an insight as to who is involved in aiding the trafficking and distribution of opioids.
Residents of Summit County Warned to Look out for Drugs Ordered from the Dark Web
The overdose death of the two 13-year-old boys in 2016 is a mark of a larger drug epidemic in Park City and surrounding areas in recent years.
The menace in Summit County is so severe that just recently the authorities called for caution and urged locals to steer clear of darknet-sourced drugs that are brought from overseas by the use of cryptocurrencies.
In a press release, authorities told locals that the drugs are highly dangerous because the consumers end up taking them without knowing the dose, potency and even the concoctions of the substances.
They also said that they are unsure if any other parcels containing the illegal products have already been smuggled into the community without getting hold of them.
In a bid to contain the situation, officials are calling upon the parents in the area to have a sit-down with their children and enlighten them on the risks they face when attempting to do certain things such as buying such drugs.
More so, they request the parents to be on alert in the event they receive any suspicious packages, and if it happens, they should contact the local authorities.
The authorities were clear that they will not reveal any details because the involved parties were minors.
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