Former U.S. Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Darknet Drug Distribution Charges

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Cory Nicholas Skinner, formerly with the U.S. Postal Service has admitted to dealing in illegal drugs via the dark web. The 32-year-old man from Pikesville, Maryland pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges including conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, buprenorphine, and heroin.

Robert K. Hur, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, together with Postal Inspector Robert B. Wemyss of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service broke the news about Skinner’s plea agreement in court. According to reports, Skinner appeared under the radar of law enforcement while they were looking into the death of a police officer at the University of Arkansas. The police then came across a priority mail package in the process which had arrived from Baltimore.

Skinner’s fingerprints were found on many confiscated darknet drug packages. Reports from the prosecution state that, Skinner operated using the vendor name “DoggFood”. He was discovered to have been selling drugs on a very popular darknet marketplace, the Dream Market. He reportedly sold 290 grams of heroin, 216 units of buprenorphine and 97.5 grams of cocaine on his site.

Additional packages which were sent to North Carolina and Arizona were discovered by the United States Postal Inspection Service and later linked to the package found in Arkansas. When investigators caught up with the intended receiver of the North Carolina Package, he revealed that he bought heroin with his bitcoin wallet address from an online vendor “DoggFood”. The package was made up of four buprenorphine units as well as 2.8 grams of heroin.

Skinner was not in the business alone as the initial reports suggested. He deployed defenseless people who were either physically or mentally unfit in doing his dirty work for him. They would usually pick up and drop off drug packages filled with controlled substances at the Baltimore post offices and other destinations between July and August last year, ordered by Skinner.

This pile of information led to a surveillance on him by the police between the months of September last year and January this year. This yielded results as the Maryland Police division intercepted more than 20 packages of illegal drugs, ordered from the dark web and sent through the United States mail by Skinner. Maryland has been busy in the last year, especially with recent darknet drug busts at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Additionally found in the bust was a fully loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm gun with 12 rounds of luger 9mm ammunition, a digital scale, heat and bag sealers, printed labels, $23.75 worth of postal stamps and a large size of Priority Mail Express shipping supplies.

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur after the hearing voiced out congratulatory words to all the players who made this arrest possible including the main unit which led the investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service’s Washington Division, and other divisions which lent their support, comprising of  the Seattle, Phoenix, Charlotte, and San Francisco divisions. He also commended the Arkansas Police Department and Samika N. Boyd, the prosecutor on the case for their good work.

Skinner is facing a lengthy jail term, with up to a maximum of 40 years in prison coupled with a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence. His sentencing is set for August 13th.

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