A 36-year-old California fentanyl kingpin, who prosecutors allege offered hundreds of thousands of tablets on the darknet, is ready to be arraigned Wednesday as a part of a federal crackdown on the artificial opioid the Justice Division says is “killing Individuals at an unprecedented degree.”
Christopher Hampton, of Cerritos, was indicted by a federal grand jury final week “with heading a company that obtained bulk fentanyl, operated labs in Inglewood and Compton that used high-speed capsule presses to create faux tablets containing fentanyl and methamphetamine, and offered hundreds of thousands of tablets to 1000’s of shoppers on the darknet,” in keeping with the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Central District of California.
Hampton is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 23 in a Los Angeles federal court docket on an 11-count indictment containing narcotics and weapons offenses that – if convicted – may end in a life sentence.
“Hampton — who was energetic on at the least 9 darknet marketplaces, the place he usually used the moniker ‘Narco710’ — was arrested on November 2, at which period brokers with the FBI, DEA, HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, together with U.S. Postal Inspectors, executed search warrants,” the legal professional’s workplace stated.
“These searches led to the invention and seizure of 450 kilos of suspected narcotics; six capsule press machines, a few of which have been able to producing 1000’s of tablets per hour; and unlawful firearms that included assault rifles and a suspected machine gun,” the assertion continued. “Brokers additionally recovered from Hampton’s residence greater than 20,000 multi-colored tablets containing fentanyl – so-called ‘skittles’ manufactured to resemble oxycodone tablets.”
Prosecutors say the indictment alleges Hampton offered practically $2 million in narcotics on two darknet marketplaces that he and his colleagues managed.
“Federal regulation enforcement has ongoing efforts to remove organizations which are mass-producing faux tablets containing fentanyl which are offered on the darknet and thru sellers brazenly working on social media websites,” the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace additionally stated. “Different energetic applications within the Southern California area goal street-level sellers who promote merchandise that result in deadly fentanyl poisonings, in addition to these trafficking wholesale portions of bulk fentanyl and counterfeit pharmaceutical tablets produced by drug cartels.”