When Cory Nicholas Skinner a resident of Pikesville, Maryland was arrested, no one truly suspect that the 33-year-old former U.S. Postal worker was so dangerous. However, no one knew that the darknet drug vendor, who went by the moniker “Doggfood” would be so easy to take down once in custody. Skinner pleaded guilty immediately upon his arrest, admitting crimes of conspiracy, drug possession, and intent to traffick drugs from the darknet in and out of the United States.
He was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison by the U.S District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow. He was also given an additional 48 months of supervised release upon completion of his seven years in Federal max. The drugs included 100s of grams of heroin, Buprenorphine and cocaine, sold over multiple years to dozens of customers across the United States.
The package that led to his demise, according to court records included a Priority Mail parcel delivered from Baltimore, Maryland to Arkansas. Following the death of a police office at the University of Arkansas, an investigation led to this exact package. Additionally, two other priority mail parcels were given postage with the same transaction, but they were stopped in North Carolina and Arizona. The recipient of the package from North Carolina told special agents he made the use of Bitcoin to buy 2.8 grams of heroin and other addictive substances from a darknet vendor known as “DoggFood.”
The recipient was later apprehended, and he confessed to having purchased the addictive substance on the Dream Market from DoggFood. The package from Arizona contained four buprenorphine units. The special agents conducted a forensic analysis of the packages from the different addresses to ascertain the vendor of the controlled substances. Additionally, fingerprints spotted on the two parcels showed that the packages emanated from Skinner.
Knowing Skinner’s history as a USPS employee, and suspecting him of being the vendor, authorities increased their surveillance on him and monitored all of his daily activities. In September 2017 and January 2018, the inspectors intercepted the parcel Skinner delivered using the United States mail. The packages contain additive substances of at least 40 grams of heroin and over 70 buprenorphine units.
The investigation into Skinner’s activities made the authorities realize that he was not working alone in the distribution of controlled substances. Rather, the former postal worker employed people he knew were extremely susceptible because of their physical or mental state. He used them to drop off parcels turning innocent people into drug mules, easily ignored by police.
To gather more evidence to use in prosecuting Skinner in the court of law, special agents invaded his residence with proper warrants. When investigators searched his apartment, they found and confiscated packaging materials, a digital scale, $6,600 in cash, bag sealers, printing label, a tremendous amount of shipping supplies, specifically packages from Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express. Furthermore, also found was more than $20 in postal stamps, 12 rounds of Luger ammunition and a Smith and Wesson firearm.
According to court records, throughout Skinner’s activity as a vendor in the realm of darknet marketplaces, he sold large quantities of controlled substances. Similarly, He sold at least 280 grams of heroin, 98 grams of cocaine and over 200 units of Buprenorphine with the moniker DoggFood.
The case was prosecuted by Attorney Samika N. Boyd from the U.S. Attorneys Office of The District of Maryland. According to Postal Inspectors, the post office is now one the most straightforward approaches for drug traffickers to send their contraband products from a DNM. This method is easy because most of the parcels sit on a first-class truck and are not checked by customs authorities nor with any search warrants.
The United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur commended the U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies that readily contributed to the investigation of the case. Hur has been in the news recently as he was responsbile for dropping all murder-for-hire charges against Ross Ulbricht. In order to reappropraite funds of the state to more winnable cases, the DA’s office felt that dropping the charges would save money, and not make any problems for the current sentence Ulbricht is serving in prison.