A crackdown back in June 2017 at the home of Sky Justin Gornik led to the seizure of darknet market carfentanil. This week Gornik has admitted to his crimes having possessed with intent to traffic 86,000 doses of the drug that were confiscated after federal agents raided his home in Claremont. The seemingly well-structured house was only an outward deceptive appearance. Inside were packages of the banned substance awaiting delivery.
According to reports, the 39-year-old Gornik had been in the business of dealing illegal substances since 2014. The prosecution laid out a case that Gornik had been buying as well as selling drugs on the darknet for three straight years.
Carfentanil is a very dangerous drug. It stands alone now above all other known synthetic opioids and is considered the most fatal, more so than fentanyl. Traditionally this drug has been used to neutralize wildlife and in particular, euthanise elephants and animals of that size. Studies done in zoos, demonstrated that no more than 10 mg will put down an adult elephant for good. Moreover, that little-injected dose could be lethal to any other animal.
This darknet drug is not intended for human consumption in spite of its euphoric high. Yet, carfentanil is becoming a household name in the drug dealing industry. It is cheap and easy to cut with other accessible drugs. Some even incorporate it into heroin, to make one of the deadliest mixtures known to man. Prosecutors in Gornik’s case said that the amounts of carfentanil recovered from the raid were adequate to cause thousands of human deaths.
Attorney Adam Braverman added that “a speck of carfentanil the size of a grain of sand can kill anyone.”
According to the court report from June 2017, incriminating material was found in the house. Fentanyl tablets were obtained and their source traced to a merchant residing in Oklahoma. This person is now in custody after he took a guilty plea. He awaits his sentencing.
Apparently, carfentanil wasn’t Gornik’s only trade. Other controlled drugs pinned on him will include; Ketamine, Methamphetamine, and Amphetamine among others. Prior to his arrest, he had made thousands of sales of these illicit substances for good money.
In the cover of several aliases, Gornik was able to traverse the darknet marketplaces. Prosecutors said his tracks were seen in several of those marketplaces including but not limited to AlphaBay, Outlaw Market, and Dream Market. Once he had acquired a customer, he would send the package via mail from the Post Office located in San Diego.
Gornik who also owned millions in virtual currency from his deals agreed to surrender them all. His virtual currency included Bitcoins, Ethereum and Stratis also. Prosecutors identified that he used untraceable online BTC wallets to bank his cryptocurrency earnings. From the secrecy of these online wallets, his finances were secured from law enforcement authorities.
However, Braverman in his statement warned other dealers like Gornik that the safety of their hidden virtual coins was no longer guaranteed even if using actual BTC debit cards. His words seemed to insinuate that officers had found a way to fish them out and possibly use them to make arrests.
Gornik was guaranteed to serve 10 years. The sentence given him reflected the agreement deal in his plea which helped the prosecutors in the case.
Additionally, Gornik did not plead his innocence while in the presence of Judge Bernard Skomal who presided over his case.